The term “proceptivity” was introduced into general sexological use by Frank A. Beach in 1976 and refers specifically to behavior enacted by a female to initiate, maintain, and/or escalate a sexual interaction. There are large species differences in proceptive behavior. The term has also been used to describe women’s roles in human courtship, with a meaning very close to Beach’s. A near synonym is “proception.”
The term “proceptive phase” refers to pre-consummatory, that is, pre-ejaculatory, behavior and focuses attention on the active role played by the female organism in creating, maintaining, and escalating the sexual interaction.