Like other primates, Homo sapiens uses sexuality for reproduction and maintenance of social bonds.

The complexity of sexual behaviors in humans is produced by our high intelligence and complex societies, rather than being governed almost entirely by instinct as in most other animals. However, instinct remains the main driver of human sexual behavior, even if its form and expression is dependent on culture and personal choice; this leads to a highly complex range of sexual behaviors.

Human sexuality has aspects relating to health, pleasure, and social interactions such as legal and religious taboos.

See also: abortion, Age of consent, sexism, Gender and sexuality studies, gender paradigm, Marriage, flirting