Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: A Student Guide

By John Harpur; Maria Lawlor et al. | Go to book overview

7 Interacting with the
Opposite Sex
Sex and Sexuality

Exploring human sexuality is an endless source of fascination and pleasure for most young adults. As adolescents we pass through puberty with a large injection of hormones that prime our sexual development. Along with all the bodily changes that result go strong and at times almost overwhelming feelings of sexual desire. Most teenagers tend to be very sexually aware and want to experiment with their sexuality. Many in high school (and college) begin to express their sexual interest in others by flirtatious behaviour and some by making provocative but humourous remarks. Others quietly store strong unexpressed feelings towards the objects (people) of their desire. In college you will meet some students who have a lot of dating experience and some who have none. A tiny minority of students find partners early in their course and get married. Another minority go through college both as undergraduates and postgraduates without a partner, only to develop a stable relationship later in life. Some people will never wish to marry. Temple Grandin, in her autobiography of a life with autism (1996), explicitly states that she did not wish to marry as she wanted to avoid the complications of relationships. Yet she has had a remarkably successful and fulfilling life. Between the two ends of the scale, there is the majority that will have a few relationships, some serious and some casual. These relationships are fitted in

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