Sexual Pleasure…Definitions and Values
by Kirsten deFur, MPH
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Define the term pleasure.
2. List at least two influences on the development of values about sexual pleasure.
3. Identify one way that pleasure is related to sexual health.
Sexual pleasure is an important component of sexuality, and can influence sexual development and decision-making. The definition of pleasure is highly individual and complex, and it is important to both explore and affirm individual perceptions of pleasure. Additionally, an individual’s values about pleasure are shaped by a variety of influences, such as media, family, religion, peers and school. By identifying these influences, participants will be better prepared to affirm their own values, and hopefully make informed decisions about engaging in sexual activity. This lesson will help participants explore the meaning and influence of pleasure by developing a Pleasure Mind Map and examining personal values in an Agree/Disagree game.