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Origins of Sexual Arousal

Osmo Kontula



“More than anything else, arousal is what drives good sex. It is the spark. It is also the cornerstone of a sexuality based on pleasure rather than on performance. If you want more exciting and more satisfying sex, go the greater arousal.” Bernie Zilbergeld (1992)


A challenging question is why most of us are attached to specific turn-ons? What do our specific arousals reveal about who we are and what we‘re searching for? Why are certain people, images, and situations so much more stimulating to us than others? So far this has been discussed and studied surprisingly little in sexology.

 Sexual arousal, erotica, fantasy, sexual stimuli

SexuS Journal ● 2018 ● 3 (7): 405-412



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