A paper presented
Udosen Namse Peter (president CYON, ST Johns’ parish, Kaduna). To
The CYON st Patrick’s parish, Asaba
I will begin by explaining that sexuality is not all about what we do with our genitals, as erroneously though by many. It is not all about intercourse or other sexual activities. This is a sexuality myth portrayed by popular media and culture. What is sexuality?
According to the National catechetical directory for U.S.A Catholics, sexuality is the fundamental component of personality, one of its modes of being, of manifestation, of communication with others, of feeling, of expressing and living human love. It permeates and affects our thoughts, feelings and actions. As stated in Holy Scripture, God created man in his own image … male and female he created them. Our sexuality defines how we as males or females interact with each other. Let us now take a look at the major concepts that are embedded in sexuality. They are called the 5 circles of sexuality. 1. Sensuality
This is the awareness and feeling about your body and other people’s body. Sensuality allows us to enjoy the pleasure our bodies can give us and others. It affects our behavior in the following ways: Body image—Feeling attractive and proud of one's own body and the way it functions influences many aspects of life. Adolescents often choose media personalities as the standard for how they should look, so they are often disappointed by what they see in the mirror. Satisfying skin hunger—The need to be touched and held by others in loving, caring ways is often referred to as skin hunger. Feeling physical attraction for another person—The center of sensuality and attraction to others is not in the genitals (despite all the jokes). The center of sensuality and attraction to others is in the brain, humans' most important "sex organ." The unexplained mechanism responsible for sexual attraction rests in the brain, not in the...