According to Stephen and Ronald Holmes, all sexual behavior has four elements to them. 

Fantasy, which are not always sexual
Symbolism: fetishes, partialism (interest in one part of the body ex: boobs, butt)
Ritualism: sexual acts are often done in the same fashion and sequence
Compulsion: the desire to commit sexual acts Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Do you agree that all sexual behavior has four basic elements to it: fantasy, symbolism, ritualism, and compulsion?
According to Stephen and Ronald Holmes, all sexual behavior has four elements to them.

Fantasy, which are not always sexual

Symbolism: fetishes, partialism (interest in one part of the body ex: boobs, butt)

Ritualism: sexual acts are often done in the same fashion and sequence

Compulsion: the desire to commit sexual acts


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15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 3/4/07 - 4:36:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've never thought about it that way... but I guess so.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 3/4/07 - 11:27:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ritualism: sexual acts are often done in the same fashion and sequence.
Some say this is the definition of sex after years of marriage.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 3/4/07 - 11:39:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
If fantasy is defined as having a creative imagination, then yes. If it's defined as having to imagine things in your head to get where you're going, no.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/10/07 - 3:56:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really. What about using sex as a way to connect on an emotional level (mostly for women) and a physical level (mostly for men) that stems from a mutual love for eachother? Or is that not scientifically cynical enough?
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/10/07 - 4:00:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Fantasy - Yes
Symbolism - Yes
Ritualism - No
Compulsion - Yes
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 3/11/07 - 8:32:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, lucky guess on my behalve they've tried to disect in a filosofical way that can be easily verified or rejected. SO i guess no
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 3/29/07 - 7:40:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that fantasy, symbolism and compulsion are elements of sexual behavior.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 7/5/07 - 2:06:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sexuality is a very complex subject, and you can't narrow it down like that.
You can be attracted to totally different sorts of people, so you can be attracted to someone without them being a 'symbol'(aka, work into your fetish) You can be into all sorts of kinky stuff, always willing to try something new, so there goes ritualism. And I think that compulsion is simply being horny/in love/lust. And of course, fantasies are fun, and you can certainly attempt to play them out, but they're never quite as good as you imagined them to be.
That being said, of course these are all parts of sex, but they don't rule over sexuality. There are a lot of people I'd like to f*ck, and really, none of these can explain why. That's just how it works.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 1/29/08 - 5:10:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think sexuality is too complex to be broken down that way
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 1/29/08 - 5:12:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think all of those except ritualism play their part.



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