A Healthier, More Equitable, Satisfying, and Safer Model for Sexual Activity

By Al Vernacchio, MSEd


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

1. Write their own definitions of the term having sex and make a comparison between it and the more inclusive term sexual activity.

2. Identify one key difference between the “baseball” and “pizza” models when considering each of the following: the starting point of sexual activity; the behavior during sexual activity; and the expected outcome of sexual activity.

3. Name two ways of adopting the pizza model that can help partners make their sexual activity safer.


As people make decisions about participating in sexual activity, raising awareness of the prevalence and power of the baseball model and offering an alternative model is crucial in helping them clarify their own values about the purposes and goals of sexual activity. The pizza model can offer greater potential for healthy, fulfilling, pleasurable and safer sexual activity. By asking participants to think deliberately about which model would benefit them and then comparing it with their scores on the Handout: Are you a “B” or a “P”?, participants may be able to make decisions about their behaviors that may lead to unintended actions or unintended consequences of actions.

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