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Gay: (adjective; noun): vernacular term for a male with a homoerotic status and life-style; the name that, in the twentieth century, homosexual people popularized as a term of self-reference that carries no moral or legal stigma.

Gender: one's personal, social, and legal status as male or female, or mixed, on the basis of somatic and behavioral criteria more inclusive than the genital criterion and/or erotic criterion alone. See also gender-identity/role.

Gender coding: combined genetic coding, hormonal coding, and social coding of a person's characteristics of body, mind, and/or behavior as either exclusively male, exclusively female, or nonexclusively androgynous, relative to a given, and in some instances arbitrary criterion standard. See also gender crosscoding.

Gender crosscoding: gender coding in which there is discordance between the natal anatomical sex and one or more of, in particular, the behavioral variables of male and female. See also gender coding.

Gender dysphoria: the state, as subjectively experienced, of incongruity between the genital anatomy and the gender-identity/role (G-I/R), particularly in the syndromes of transexualism and transvestism. See also gender crosscoding; gender transposition.

Gender-identity/role (G-I/R): gender identity is the private experience of gender role, and gender role is public manifestation of gender identity. [Both are like two sides of the same coin, and constitute the unity of G-I/R.] Gender identity is the sameness, unity, and persistence of one's individuality as male, female, or [androgynous]{ambivalent}, in greater or lesser degree, especially as it is experienced in self-awareness and behavior. Gender role is everything that a person says and does to indicate to others or to the self the degree that one is either male or female or [androgynous]{ambivalent}; it includes but is not restricted to sexual and erotic arousal and response (which should never be excluded from the definition).

Gendermap: a developmental representation or template synchronously in the mind and brain depicting the detailed coding of one's gender-identity/role (G-I/R) as masculine, feminine, or mixed.. It includes the sexuoerotic components of the lovemap but is larger, insofar as it incorporates whatever is gender coded vocationally, educationally, recreationally, sartorially, and legally as well as semiotically as in matters of etiquette, grooming, body ornamentation, body language, and vocal intonation.

Gender role: see gender-identity/role.

Gender transposition: the switching or crossing over of attributes, expectancies, or stereotypes, of gender-identity/role (G-I/R) from male to female, or vice versa, either serially or simultaneously, temporarily or persistently, in small or large degree, and with either insignificant or significant repercussions and consequences. See also gender crosscoding; gender dysphoria.

Gene: a unit of genetic material that belongs on a chromosome, and to which belongs a segment of the double-helix molecule of DNA.

Genital: having to do with the sex organs. See also eroticism; sex; sexuality.

Genital penetration phobia: a hypophilic condition or syndrome, variable in etiology, or irrational panic and disabling fear that prevents having the vagina entered by something, particularly the penis, or the penis enveloped in something, particularly the vagina. Synonym, aninsertia. See penetration phobia.

Genitalia: the sex organs, internal and external. The word is often used to refer to the external organs only. Synonum, genitals. genitoerotic: erotic feeling and activity specifically involving the genitals in imagery and/or practice.

Genotype: the genetic constitution [that characterizes]{of} an individual, or the species or subtype to which he/she belongs. See also phenotype.

Gerontalism, paraphilic: impersonating an older person and being treated as one by a partner--one of the stigmatic/eligibilic paraphilias. See also adolescentilism; gerontophilia; infantilism; juvenilism.

Gerontology: the science of aging and age-related phenomena.

Gerontophilia (adjective, gerontophilic): a paraphilia of the stigmatic/eligibilic type in which the partner must be parental or grandparental in age [from Greek, gerns, old age + -philia]. The technical term for the reciprocal paraphilic condition in which a younger person must impersonate a parent or grandparent is paraphilic. 2. The condition in which a young adult is responsive to and dependent on erotic/sexual activity with a much older partner in order to obtain erotic arousal and facilitate or achieve orgasm.

Gerontalism: See also ephebophilia; nepiophilia; pedophilia. gestagen: a synthetic type of progesterone. Synonym. progestin; progestogen.

Gestation: the period of bearing a pregnancy from fertilization to delivery. G-I/R: see gender-identity/role.

Giving head: vernacular term for performing oral sex.

Glucocorticoids: generic name for hormones secreted by the adrenocortical glands that are not mineralocorticoids. The glucocorticoids are typified by cortisol or cortisone and are deficient in the syndrome of CVAH. See CVAH GnRH: gonadotropin-releasing hormone. See LHRH.

Golden shower: a vernacular term for urophilia. See also water sports.

Gonad: a sex gland, either an ovary or a testis. gonadectomy: surgical removal of a gonad, either an ovary or a testis, on one side or both; castration.

Gonadostat: the term, formed by analogy with thermostat, for the hypothetical mechanism whereby the hormonal secretions of the gonad (ovary or testis) regulate the secretions of pituitary and hypothalamic cells.

Gonadotropin: a hormone that stimulates the gonads (ovaries or testicles) to secrete their own hormones, namely, progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen. Synonym gonadotrophin. one of the hormones released by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, which programs the activity of the ovary in the female and the testis in the male. See also FSH; LH.

Graafian follicle: the follicle on the ovary in which the egg grows. After the egg is released, the graafian follicle becomes the corpus luteum. Named for Regner de Graaf, Dutch anatomist (1641-1673).

Grdfenberg spot: a zone of erotically sensitive glandular tissue, palpable at finger depth through the anterior wall of the vagina during sexual arousal, that corresponds to the prostate gland in the male, and that may release fluid through the urethra at the climax of orgasm (named for Ernest Grdfenberg, 1881-1957). Synonym, G-spot. See also paraurethral glands.

Grand mal seizure: an epileptic seizure with convulsing and unconsciousness. See also petit mal seizure.

Growth hormone: a growth-promoting peptide hormone secreted from the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, also known as somatotropin (STH) and, in human beings, hGH (human growth hormone).or GH (growth hormone).

Gurney: a wheeled cot or stretcher for ambulance or surgical use, or for use in prisions to restrain a prisioner while killing him/her with a lethal injection. gynandromorphy: a term of Greek etymology meaning woman-manshape. Thus, literally, the term means having some of the body morphology and measurements of an average woman and some of an average man, or being at neither extreme.

Gynecomastia: the development of breasts on a male, spontaneously or as a result of hormonal treatment. See adolescent gynecomastia. gynecomimetic: a boy or man being a person manifesting the features or qualities of a female in bodily appearance, dress, and behavior. Specifically, a drag queen, which is the vernacular term for a male homosexual who lives in the role of a woman. He retains his male genitalia, even though he may take hormones to grow breasts; see also andromimetic.

Gynemimesis: a syndrome of female impersonation in a natal male who is able to relate sexuoerotically exclusively with men, and who may be hormonally but not surgically sex-reassigned. [from Greek, gyne, woman + mimos, mime]. It is a syndrome of gender transposition, not paraphilia. See also gynemimetophilia.

Gynemimetophile: a person whose primary sexuoerotic attraction is toward a gynemimetic "lady with a penis."

Gynemimetophilia: a paraphilia of the stigmatic/eligibilic type in which [sexual attraction is predominantly or exclusively toward a gynemimetic or, usually preoperatively, a male-to-female transexual ]{sexuoerotic arousal and facilitation or attainment of orgasm are responsive to, and dependent upon a partner who is a gynemimetic or, in some instances, a sex-reassigned, male-to-female transexual} [from Greek, gyne, woman + mimos, mime + -philia]. The paraphilic counterpart in women is andromimetophilia.

Gynephilia: love of a woman by a man (male gynephilia) or by a woman (female gynephilia). It includes erotosexual bonding. See also heterosexuality; homosexuality; lesbian. {gynephelia = gynophilia}


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Ms. Robboy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Growth Inc and How To Have Good Sex Inc.  Alex practices marriage and family therapy and sex therapy, and also conducts periodic seminars about human sexuality throughout the northeastern United States.

Ms. Robboy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Masters degree in Social Work, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality Education and a Post-Masters Certificate in Marriage Counseling & Sex Therapy. Through the American Board of Sexology, she is a board certified sexologist and through the American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists a certified sex therapist.  Additionally, she is a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the American Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.


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