Living a Healthy Sex Life
Sex and gender are two ends of the same coin. Sex is the noun that describes a biological and reproductive distinction between men and women. Gender, on the other hand, is a psychological concept that is defined as a set of cultural and social perceptions about gender roles. Although often times regarded as two ends of a single spectrum, both terms are part of the umbrella term “sex”.
According to some intersex researchers, sex is a socially constructed concept. The meaning behind sex and gender could be different for each and every person. Gender is not static and could change tremendously over time. There is no universal meaning for the concept of gender. In some instances, a person may perceive themselves as a man, while biologically they might be a woman. Gender is therefore not only about the identification with one’s biological sex, but is also related to the perception or social interpretation of one’s gender.
Intersex is also an important aspect of human sexuality. It deals with the aspects of health systems, development, and societal expectations that surround intersex. When a person identifies as intersex, they could be exploring their own sexuality or they may identify with the various labels that are used to describe the existence of intersex in the scientific community. Some people, when coming to terms with their intersex status may identify as a male who has intersexed, or they may identify as a female who has intersexed. Health systems have developed specific healthcare strategies for intersex patients.
The way that people deal with their intersex condition varies. Some people often accept their diagnosis and do what ever they can to fit in socially. These individuals can pursue a number of options to help them feel comfortable with their bodies. For example, some intersexed people choose to wear a visible medical ID badge that allows them access to public facilities. Others choose to live a solitary life and work at things like restaurants and stores in order to make money, since many employers do not hire people with visibly altered bodily characteristics.
People with a visible intersex condition can have a good quality of sex life because it gives them a chance to explore the variety of sex toys and products that they can find in order to satisfy their taste and sexual pleasure. They can use the products that they find to help them increase their pleasure and find new things that will help them reach new heights in their sexual pleasure. Other intersexed individuals choose to live a more solitary life and work towards building a healthy sex life. Some of these people can use masturbation as a form of self-stimulation and find that this helps them to overcome the problems that they have with their sex life.
Sex is seen as a biological and psychological category, and therefore there is pressure from society to adhere to certain sex roles. These roles are not only dictated by biology, but also by social construction. Since intersex conditions are not caused by a genetic flaw, but are instead caused by societal constructions, people who have these intersex conditions are forced to deal with the consequences of these constructions, especially in terms of their sexuality. Because sex is seen as a biological attribute, intersexed people are often criticized for acting out or being abnormal in a way that could be explained biologically. Living a healthy sex life allows people with intersexed conditions to express their creativity and give to the world a new look at what sex is supposed to be all about.