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The Mysteries of Sexual Desire 

Osmo Kontula 


Sexuality is a central, innate characteristic of each person from birth. Its key component is our gender: how we ourselves experience our gender and how we are perceived at first as girls and boys, and later as women and men. An integral part of sexuality is also a rapidly emerging interest in one’s own body and the different body of the other sex. Out of the interest in one’s own body and its essential difference compared with the other sex is born the interest in getting close to the other person and experience the pleasurable feelings that arise from the difference. Sexual interest produces the motivation, which intimately approaches the world of desire. We want, wish and yearn to experience sexual intimacy and pleasure.

KEY WORDS:  Sexuality, Sexual Health, Sex Research, Finland, Sexual Desire

SexuS Journal ● 2018 ● 3 (8): 511-532



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