The ‘Sexuality Compass’ breaks sexuality into interrelated categories to help clarify the areas throughout our lives that are impacted by sexuality and our sexual health.
Sexuality Compass. Adapted by Pumpkin Vines for Brave Topics
The Ideas behind the Compass
Sexuality encompasses sexualization, sensuality, intimacy, identity, and reproduction.
The Sexuality Compass includes concepts from each of these areas in a new way, focusing on mindfulness of what influences different aspects of our sexuality.
Sexuality encompasses nearly every aspect of our being, from attitudes and values to feelings and experiences. It is influenced by the individual, family, culture, religion/spirituality, laws, professions, institutions, science and politics.
Personal Sexuality and Sexual Health look inward to help people establish their values and teach them about the beautiful human body and issues that can arise.
Interpersonal Sexuality and Sexuality in Society look at how humans interact with the world around them as sexual beings as well as how social norms can impact our lives.
Information adapted from Life Planning Education, 1995, Advocates for Youth, Washington DC, based on the original work of Dennis M. Dailey, University of Kansas.
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