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A glossary of sexual terms

Starting with letters M to P

Definitions of sexual terms starting with letters M to P:

bullet Masturbation: Usually refers to any manual self-stimulation of a person's sexual organs. Mutual masturbation involves two or more persons stimulating each other. (Slang term: circle jerk)
 
bulletMetrosexual: An urban male with a heterosexual orientation who rejects many macho attributes often linked to masculinity. He adopts many traits often associated with heterosexual females and gay males -- e.g. expensive hair care, stylish clothes.
 
bullet Miscarriage: An normally tragic event in which an embryo, or a fetus before the 25th week of gestation, dies from natural causes and is expelled from the woman's body.
 
bulletMonogamy: An exclusive sexual relationship between two persons.
 
bullet Monosexual: A person who is sexually attracted to persons of only one sex. They may have a heterosexual or a homosexual orientation. (Antonym is "bisexual.")
 
bullet Morning-after pill: Synonym for emergency contraception that is used up to about 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.
 
bullet Nepiophilia: Synonym: "Infantophilia:" An individual, typically male, who is 16 years or older and who is sexually attracted to very young children ages 0 to 3. The older person may or may not sexually abuse the child.
 
bullet Omnisexual: Seepansexual.
 

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bullet Open marriage: A committed relationship of two persons in which the spouses agree that both are free to engage in outside sexual relationships.
 
bullet Oral Sex: The use of the mouth and/or tongue to stimulate another person's genitals.
 
bullet Orgasm: A combination of phenomenally intense feelings of pleasure with contractions of muscles in the area of the genitals. Many women can have a series of orgasms, one following shortly after another. Most men have only a single orgasm, accompanied by an ejaculation. Some men can experience multiple orgasms within a short interval, in which ejaculation occurs only once, during the last orgasm.
 
bullet Orgy: Sexual activity involving a group of more than two persons, usually in the same room.
 
bullet Ovum: The female reproductive cell. Plural form: ova
 
bullet Pain Capable: A term used to refer to a fetus who has matured to the point where they are capable of feeling pain. The term came into common use in during the 2010's with the passage in a dozen U.S. states and in federal House of the "Pain capable" unborn child protection acts. These acts are based on the assumption that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation which is about a full month before the higher functions of a fetal brain first turn on and the fetus becomes sentient.
 
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Pansexual: An individual who is open to -- or who actually engages in -- a very broad range of sexual activities, which might involve:

  • Cisgendered males and females,
  • Male to female (MTF) transgender persons,
  • Female to male (FTM) transgender persons,
  • Androgynous persons,
  • Intersexual persons.
  • A wide range of adult ages, and perhaps
  • A variety of paraphilias.

Synonym: Omnisexual.
 

bullet Paraphilia: An umbrella term which includes many conditions in which an adult's sexually arousing fantasies involve non-human objects, the infliction of pain, non-adults, or other non-consenting persons, etc. Some examples are: ephebophila, exhibitionism, hebephilia, fetishism, frotteurism, pedophilia, sexual masochism, sexual sadism, bondage, transvestite behavior, and voyeurism.

It is derived from two Greek words: ''para" means "beyond" and "philia" means "love for." They may or may not act on their attraction. A very few religious and social conservatives link the 25 or so recognized paraphilias with the three generally accepted sexual orientations (homosexuality, bisexuality and heterosexuality) and add being transgender, engaging in prostitution, etc. to produce about 30 classifications that they arbitrarily define as sexual orientations. Using this definition, a wide range of sexual activities can be referred to as a sexual orientation. There is a near consensus among people who are not religious and social conservatives that only the three generally accepted sexual orientations exist.
 
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Pedophile: From the Greek "pis" (child) and "philia" (friendship.)

  • Medical definition: An adult or older youth who has "recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (age 13 years or younger)." Some pedophiles prefer males, others prefer females, and many are aroused by both males and females." 1 Pedophiles do not necessarily act on their desires.

  • Common definition: An adult or older youth who sexually abuses a prepubescent child or children.

  • Law enforcement definition: An adult or older youth who has been convicted of a sexual crime involving a child or youth under the age of 18. The term "predatory pedophile" is now becoming more widely used to differentiate abusive pedophiles from pedophiles that do not abuse.

bullet Phebophilia: Alternative term for ephebophilia. Both words are derived from the Greek words ''phepius" means "youth;" and "philia" means "love for."
 

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bullet Plural marriage: Synonym for polygyny. Typically, one husband shares many wives; each wife sometimes has a separate living space.
 
bullet Polyamory: Greek for "many loves." The state of loving multiple people at the same time. I am told that this can be very exhausting!
 
bullet Polyandry: The relatively rare practice in which a woman is married to more than one husband.
 
bullet Polygamy: An umbrella term encompassing both polyandry and polygyny.
 
bullet Polyfidelity: Committed relationships involving more than two persons in which all sexual activity is confined to the group.
 
bullet Polygyny: A form of polygamy in which a man has more than one wife. This was seen in many places in the Bible. It is still practiced in predominately Muslim countries where a man can generally be married to up to four wives -- but only if he can treat them equally. This is seen in many Western U.S. states among some fundamentalist Mormon denominations. It is illegal in Canada. However, it has been practiced for decades by a fundamentalist Mormon sect in British Columbia, Canada with minimal to no government or police interference. The ruling of a recent court case in British Columbia determined that married polygyny is illegal, but that informal living arrangements that have not been solemnized by a commitment ritual can be legally pursued.
 
bullet Polymarriage: A committed relationship involving more than two persons. It often involves a commitment ritual. Synonym: Group marriage
 
bullet Pre-embryo: The products of conception shortly after time of fertilization when its cells are undifferentiated stem cells.
 
bullet Prepubescent: An ambiguous term used to refer to a child who has not reached puberty or to a child who is close to attaining puberty.
 

References used:

  1. "Discrimination Against transgender People In America," The International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy (ICTLEP), at: http://www.qrd.org/. See also: http://web.telecom.cz/

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Copyright © 2003 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2003-DEC-11
Latest update: 2015-MAY-16
Author: B.A. Robinson

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