SexEdNotes ~ General Anatomy
Created Human Beings, Making Them To Be Like Himself.
Good News Bible - Today's English Version; Genesis 1: 27 and 31
So that we can have a better idea of what we are discussing, we need to become more aware of what our bodies look like and how they are built. So often it happens that people are not knowledgeable of their own bodies, and that causes them to not have a good working knowledge of their own personal sexual lives. And people may not be knowledgeable of their physical bodies or those of the opposite sex for any of several reasons. Those reasons alone can make up the subject of a whole book. Sometimes it may be due to a set of personal values with which they were raised, or it may be due to religious teachings to which they adhere. In my mind our body is a miraculous wonder and was given to us as a gift from God. I appreciate His work.
Because you are visiting this site to learn more about your own body, and to learn about the body of the opposite sex, let's take a look at what we look like. Notice that we all pretty much look alike, with some obvious differences. If you are wondering about the subjects in these images, the lack of tan lines and the relative comfort these people seem to express suggests that they are mostly nudists, are totally comfortable with their own bodies (as well as very accepting of the opposite sex), and would have no misgivings with sharing their appearance with us.
Nudity - There are some features that we can pick out on these images, that can help us as we learn more about our own bodies. Some of these images are taken in countries other than the United States of America. That means that they have different traditions and styles. Some of the folks have full patches of pubic hair, some have trimmed theirs somewhat, some trimmed them more, and some have completely removed it. Of course, we are all born to be the same (within reason) and were they to lose their razors, tweezers, wax or depilatory creams, they would all have a full compliment of pubic hair.
You cannot tell about the females in these images, but we can see that none of the males have a penile erection so there are no indications of sexual interest happening in these images. Among nudists, mere nudity is common, so the visual impact of a bare body does not automatically mean sexual activity. The nudist mantra is to emphasize to 'textiles' (as they refer to non-nudists) that nudity does not automatically mean sexual activity.
Breast and penis sizes seem to be ignored by nudists as well, and instead, the real person behind the body is what these folks are looking for. We are so often bombarded by media that makes us assume that women have to have large breasts that don't sag and men have to have large penises to be popular. These folks in these images all seem happy, regardless of their body image or others' body images.
When you view these images, you are affected in any of several ways. Possibly, the viewer has seen very few nude images (much less been around very many nude people), and he or she may feel somewhat embarrassed. Or maybe the viewer may be amazed that people look so similar to each other. The reason for including these images is to emphasize that we all are quite similar, however we also are very much our own independent selves. In these images, no two noses look the same. No two breasts look the same either (including the two on the same body). No two penises look the same. There are just no two people that are the same. We are all individuals. And we are all beautiful.
Another reason for placing a group of images on this page, rather than a single man and a single woman, is to show how many different kinds of perfect people there are. If you are concerned about the size of your penis, take a look again and you will likely see one that is similar in size or shape or appearance as yours. You are not unusual... you are similar. And perfect in your own way.
Some viewers may find these images to be sexually arousing. That would be normal if they are unaccustomed to seeing bare breasts and genitalia. But if family nudity was common in the home where they grew up, these images would likely not cause that emotional effect. And that can be our first lesson in Sex Education: The largest and most important sexual organ in the body is... The Brain. You would be physically sexually reactive to any of these people that spoke to you and acted with you in a way that would be sexually attractive to you. And then your body would likely show your sexual interest by a physical reaction such as penile or nipple erection, changes in your heart rate or breathing rate, pupil enlargement, or any of several other reactions. But for now, these images are merely instructional aids to help us to learn more about our own bodies. The intent of placing them here is not to stimulate sexual interest, but to inform you about the wonderful human body.
Viewing these images helps to acclimate you to nudity... at least enough that we can discuss with greater detail male and female genitals without emotions being involved.
Let me share with you parts of a letter from a young woman that was born in Paradise... or close to it. She reflects her thoughts about nudity and breastfeeding and body image. This letter was written in the year 2000, fifteen years before this website was created. I did no 'correction' of her wording or spelling, so that you can enjoy her words as they were given. She only learned the keyboard a year before she wrote, because she wanted to communicate with people on the computer.
Sadly, a short time after she wrote this, Lana succumbed to inherited Hutchinson's Disease, as did her mother and little brother.
The images in this website are not considered to be pornographic, as their viewing is not intended to stimulate sexual arousal. They are used here for the purpose of instructing the viewer what the human body looks like, so they will have a better understanding of their own body and that of their partner of the opposite sex.
A second purpose for the images on this website is to allow the viewer to see that their own body is not that different from the average person’s body. Most people do not have the opportunity to view other than their own body, unless they view images and films containing nude people. Most images and films containing nude people use people that are generally not average people. For sexual stimulation of the viewer of those images and films, the actors and models are chosen that are exceptional in breast size or penis size, to emphasize their sexual attraction or abilities. This may tend to cause the average real person that is not as endowed as these actors or models to feel somewhat inadequate and unattractive to others. Viewing the images on this site show the viewer that no two people look the same, and the viewer is more like the average person than they realized before.
The intent of this website is for you to learn about how your body functions, and to learn that you are very ‘normal’, and that you are truly beautiful.
Pubic Hair - The purpose for our having pubic hair has been open to several theories. One is that it is to provide some protection from dirt and debris, and another theory is that perspiration can travel out onto the hair and carry with it pheromones that will evaporate into the air and drift in the air currents to attract a partner for mating. A third and somewhat more believable reason is also to carry the perspiration out onto the hair, to increase the surface of the perspiration to allow it to evaporate, cooling as well as drying the pelvic region. All of these theories worked when we were naked in the jungles but can not be effective when we wear clothing.
The hair is more coarse than the hair on our head, and is usually the same natural color. It will usually turn grey when the hair on our head turns grey. It can be trimmed if it is long enough to stick out from under brief clothing such as a swim suit or bikini. Or it can be removed completely with a razor, depilatory crème, electrolysis treatments, 'waxing', or just pulling it out with tweezers. Women are more likely to remove it but men do too, as evidenced in the images above. It may be removed for appearance or for comfort, or for sexual enjoyment or sexual interest. When removed, it will return, with some methods of removal more quickly than other methods.
Pubic hair usually first shows up on the Labia Majora and then the Mons Pubis on girls and at the base of the penis and then on down to the scrotum for boys. Girls may first see it around 8 to 10 years old and boys will start around 11 to 13 years old. Full adult stage of growth starts around 15 for girls and 16 for boys. Its appearance will be the first or second sign of the start of puberty.
Some racial varieties of people commonly have
heavier growth, but in some cases it can be much heavier than
normal, and that is referred to as Hirsutism. An example of this is
seen on the right.
Breasts - (or Mammary Glands, from the Latin word "mamma" for "Breast")
For a thorough instructional aide on Breasts and Breast Health, visit my website http://www.BreastNotes.com We will do a minimal amount of information here at this time.
Males and females are both born with breasts, and they are identical until they start puberty at which time the female breast will develop further, through five stages of development. Stage five is an adult breast that is not lactating. If the female becomes pregnant, or she stimulates her breast nerves herself without being pregnant, she will start to lactate. As long as her milk is expressed regularly it will continue to be produced basically for the rest of her years, but her breasts will usually discontinue their lactation if she stops expressing her milk... or she weans her baby from her breasts. Males have been successful in stimulating their breasts to lactate but it requires months of regularly stimulating their breasts.
Male Breasts -
Male breasts are similar in construction to female breasts, and have a Nipple, an Areola that surrounds the nipple, and Montgomery's Glands in the areolar area. Inside they contain fatty tissues and some acini or milk-producing tissues, but they do not develop further unless the man's hormones change drastically or he stimulates his breasts to lactate. These items are described below under the Female Breasts area. Young males during their third day of life may produce milk that is called "Witch's Milk" because of the influence of his mother's estrogen on his body when he was en utero.
If a man gains excessive weight his breasts might enlarge some due to the fact that his breasts are a place where fat deposits accumulate, along with his belly and his hips. Eighty-five percent of males have some swelling of their breasts during puberty, and if a male uses anabolic steroids he can have breasts as large as a 36-C. I saw a gentleman like this in a cafe alongside Waikiki Beach in Hawai'i. I was walking, looking down at my footing, and when I came to a person that was barefoot I looked up and first saw swim shorts and then looking up further a bare set of 36-C's were staring me in the face. Moving my eyes on up, his moustache gave him away. I know many women that would have loved to trade their breasts for his. I did not get his story but if steroids are taken while muscle-building they can cause male breast development, a condition called Gynecomastia.
Men can develop breast cancer, even if their breasts do not develop beyond puberty. They should practice Breast Self-Exams. Five thousand American men were diagnosed with breast cancer last year and more than five hundred died because of it. I have known four men with breast cancer and three are now dead. Go to BreastNotes.com and learn how to do BSE, or we show you how later on in this website. Look on the Index page for "Do A BSE".
Female Breasts -
If you attempt to express fluid from a mature, adult female breast, you may find some fluid come from the ductal openings in the center of the nipple. This is normal, and is generally a fluid that is produced in the breast to flush the milk ducts of any material that may accumulate there. It also lubricates the internal ducts of the breast, and keeps the tissues supple. That fluid may be clear, white, brown, gray or even black, and it is still normal. If you ever see pink or red, you should check with your local breast surgeon for a consultation. It may be nothing to be concerned about, but it is not worth the risk of not checking it. If you are not lactating, you may also want to be concerned if you notice the release of these fluids without your squeezing your breast or your nipple. That would be a change to your breast and all changes need to have your attention.
The breast will sometimes produce 'witch's milk' at the third day after birth. If the breast is stimulated to induce lactation, or if it lactates due to a pregnancy, it will first produce Colostrum, which carries many of the mother's wonderful anti-bodies that her immune system has built up over long years of her lifetime. These antibodies get a newborn baby started off right to fend off the diseases and infections it is about to face in its lifetime.
Breasts have a very poor circulatory system for lymphatic fluids, which flush them clean of any toxins that may build up, as well as defective breast cells that are manufactured by out breasts constantly. If they are not flushed clean, they can turn into breast cancer. Wearing a bra tends to defeat this circulation, so it is best to not wear a bra. See the section on "So How Come..." on this website and read about wearing a bra to school or not. It is very important.