Explain the ways in which culture and gender contribute to sexual behavior and expectations about that behavior.
intelligent choices about their behavior as they grow older” (Macionis, 2011 P.162). There are different meanings to sexuality, around the world and is all due to the different societies.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, sexuality is the capacity a person has for sexual feelings, related to the instincts, physiological processes, and physical desires and attraction. (Oxford Dictionary)
Sexual orientation is the preferred term used when referring to an individual's physical and or emotional attraction to the same and or opposite sex. Heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual and pansexual are all sexual orientations. An individual's gender identity and expression is distinct from their sexual orientation. Throughout life as the individual explores the world around them, they are shaped by the unique experiences and influences that are imparted upon them. All people experience life subjectively therefore there is no monolithic way of viewing or defining one’s sexual identity, however, there are particular experiences that may shape and develop specific characteristics or tendencies that a group of people may share. Andrew
As stated in our text, gender identity is our psychological awareness or sense of being male or female, and it’s one of the most obvious and important aspects of our self-concepts. Gender identity is almost always consistent with chromosomal sex, but such
Sexual orientation is often defined as being attracted to either the same sex, opposite sex, or both (Abé, Johansson, Allzén, & Savic, 2014). In recent years, studies have showed that neurobiological processes may play a role in the development on a person’s sexual orientation (Abé et al., 2014). Sex hormones and genetic
Horrocks (1997) points out in his book that sexuality encircles multiple aspects of human existence. Sexuality is then, not a uniform or simple phenomenon and is influenced by the interaction of psychological, biological, social, cultural factors and many more. Horrocks (1997), suggests that to try and understand or explain a definitive conclusion about sexuality seems impossible as sexuality has different meanings to so many groups of people.
In the twenty first century, we now acknowledge that there are various expressions of sex and sexuality. This occurs because of the ideas and actions of people in the previous century. Because of them, we have expanded our concept of normal; however, we can still observe themes that have been present throughout history including: tradition, exclusion, and power.
Some may argue that any discussion of sexuality is considered taboo, however to avoid the discussion is to neglect a basic human characteristic. I believe that the sexuality as a concept should be studied and personally reviewed by all seven billion individuals on this planet. To deny the fact that humans are sexual beings is to deny humanity altogether. One must also consider the notion that every human’s sexual experience is to be unique to their own body. This paper will be both informative and to serve as a reflection for future benefits. I plan on reading this paper several more times throughout my life and continuing to add to it as my experiences grow. The paper will provide major milestones and will describe different cultural settings. The purpose of this paper is to provide personal experiences of sexuality through the life of a 20-year old male human being.
“Culture takes our sexual interests-our incitements or inclinations to act sexually and molds and shapes them, sometimes celebrating sexuality and other times condemning it” (Sayad & Yarber. 2013, p.14). In my culture, females are to wait to have sex until they are married, and if they do have sex prior to marriage they are looked down upon. Male that have sex prior to marriage are looked as being a conqueror of females and are cheered at amongst other males. This is not the case in other cultures. The Mangaia of Polynesia both sexes begin to learn what sexual arousal and pleasure is during early adolescence. At the ages of 13 and 14 boys are taught how to please the girls by using erotic kissing, fondling of the breast, and how to bring the girl to have multiple orgasms. Two weeks after the teachings,
Many people think that sexuality as a natural personal issue of life. However, all the participants of a society are learning what sexual behaviors are acceptable by the society through a process which called ‘socialization’. What is socialization? Socialization is a lifelong social experience by which individuals construct their personal biography, assemble daily interactional rules and come to terms with the wider patterns of their culture. (Macionis and Plummer, 2012) Through this process, people will learn the distinction of ‘good sex’ and ‘bad sex’. If our sexuality is shaped by socialization, that means the society affects our sexuality. Thus, sexuality may not as a private matter. Sexuality maybe as a public matter, because our society regulations. Regulations can understand as a censorship by the society or government, which related with the politics. Our society seems very free and liberal, but in fact, it is not liberal, censorships and regulations are ubiquitous, it exists in every corner of our
In Ancient Indian times, Polyandry was, Mc Lennan asserted, a modification of and an advance from promiscuity. The Mahabharata refers to an age of sexual unregulation, before Stevetakesu laid down the law that wise and husbands should remain faithful to each other, from this Polyandry was born.
India is a nation enriched by an exotic culture. A nation that fills the gaps of history, music. It is the realm where many other nations are born. As part of our moral dilemma, we must point out that India is a patriarch society. For such reason, the male has the absolute authority in the household, and, furthermore, the law making of the nation will be shifted into the male’s perspective. However, despite the enriched culture, India is part of the forty-nine nations that allows marital rape with the justification that denying sex is cruel.
Polygamy was always practiced in ancient India but whether or not it was popular in public opinion is doubtful. Those of higher social and economic stature usually performed it. If ancient Indian history is studied, it is seen that the rich and the powerful practiced polygamy, while the
In today’s society, sex is all around us. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing, hearing, or reading about something related to sexuality. Sexuality, however, is a vague term and can refer to a variety of different things. To some, sexuality may refer to their sexual orientation (i.e. heterosexual, bisexual), however, to others sexuality can be the way they express themselves— whether they carry themselves in a flirtatious matter, embracing their body, or choose to be more reserved and self-enclosed. And yet, others may feel sexuality entails sexual behaviour. Clearly, there are many different definitions the word sexuality can take on, and many different perspectives can come into play. In this self-reflection, I hope to make clear the attitudes, knowledge, and levels of comfort that have contributed to my sexual development in modern culture.