Philosophy, Medicine, and Healthy Sexuality

  • Alan Soble
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 22)


‘Healthy sexuality’ is a chameleon concept. On the one hand, it seems that nothing could be easier to understand, or that there is nothing to be understood. The concept of ‘healthy sexuality’ does not arise naturally in our biographies. We learn at our mothers’ knees (or nearby) what is right, decent, proper sexual behavior. She uses the language of morals, not the language of health. So there is nothing to be understood. When health is mentioned at all, we are told to keep our body parts clean and we learn about venereal disease. So ‘healthy sexuality’ is easily understood in terms of soap and penicillin.


Sexual Behavior Sexual Health Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Problem Premature Ejaculation 
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  • Alan Soble
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  1. 1.University of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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