Unlike sex, the sexuality of a woman is not black or white; it is a complex multi-dimension abstract idea that is repressed from women by society. A female’s sexuality is viewed from our phallus-centered society as the male’s counterpart. Women are viewed as objects for men’s sexual behavior such that the female’s sexual preference is there for men to get off and our language on how we treat them solidifies this idea. Society has made a women’s sexuality so complex that it is unknown to women what they truly like. It has come to a point where if women do not have knowledge about the most sexual part of them, they won’t understand that sex is a type of knowledge in which society is blocking from them. Society is trying to impose a males sexuality,
The world now becomes a state of change or flux. Human beings act toward others and objects on the basis of the meanings that such things have for them but meanings are being continually constructed and modified through interaction. The fundamental approach is simple put: nothing is sexual but naming makes it so. Sexuality is a social construct learned in interaction with others. This is not to deny biological facts. It is simply to assert that things do not have sex meanings in their own right. They have to be bestowed upon them through sexual encounters. The mind has to define something as sexual before it is sexual in
Contemporary understandings of sexuality are not the same as back in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Understandings and terminology in the past hold multiple differences and similarities than our current contemporary understandings.
Focusing on just natural clarifications of human conduct, the Biological Theory trusts that physiological variables tremendously affect sexual conduct. Scholars regularly take a gander at anomalous hormonal and androgenic levels in the body and cerebrum to depict freak sexual practices as in rising hormones are identified with physical changes that advance sexual excitement, climax, discharge, and other sexual movement. "In spite of the fact that a survey of natural studies indicates clashing results about the relationship between
Women artists faced many prejudices in the art world. From being allowed only in some art academies to creating positive depictions of women in their art outside of the male gaze, women artists all reacted differently to the goal of representation. Depictions of women in artwork, especially by men, tended to be highly sexualized images, often objectifying the female body through nudity and scandalous positions. In the 1920’s, women began fighting for their rights more tenaciously with the continued pressure by The Suffragettes, an organized women’s group that advocated for a women’s right to vote founded in 1909. The group advocated more fiercely in the interwar period, demonstrating the feminist and more outspoken views of women at the time. Women were ready to take a stand.
Human sexuality is a common phrase for all, and anything, pertaining to the feelings and behaviors of sex for the human race. Sexuality has been a topic that has been discussed and studied for as far back as 1000 years B.C. and is still being studied today. As the discussion of sexuality has progressed through history, theories have been created based on research and experiments that scholars have implemented, based on their own perceptions of human behavior. Out of the many theories that pose to explain sexual behavior, Sexuality Now explained ten that are seemed to be the most overlapped, and built off of theories. Of these theories, two that were discussed in the text were the behavioral and sociological theory. These two theories cover some of the basic ideas of what could possibly influence a person’s sexuality.
Human sexuality can be interpreted in many different ideas and understandings. Watching the documentary “Guardians of the Flutes,” I was able to see a different life style than I’m use to but at the same time see many similarities. Both men and women have different roles in their daily lives and their works do not intersect. The Sambia tribe is patriarchal, in which the men have the control or rule, similar to most American house hold; however, that is changing. Understanding the way sex influences or impacts our lives is very important. Not only do humans interact sexually but also many animals. Human sexuality is being able to be comfortable with one to be able to interact with others in a deeper level.
Allison Glazebrook and Kelly Olson’s chapter, “Greek and Roman Marriage" the authors discuss marriage practices in Ancient Greece and Rome and highlight the importance of wives in a family structure and society. They do so by looking at what was required for a legitimate marriage over the course of these civilizations’ history. In both cultures, Glazebrook and Olson especially look at how women and girls’ bodies were policed and defined. From an early age, girls were taught that their role in life would be remain sexually available to their husbands and produce heirs. From a modern perspective, girls in ancient civilizations married extremely young. However, this chapter address the “scientific” justification society gave to promote this practice
The reading claims that nudes throughout artistic history have been an important source of beauty and controversy. Nudes began to spike during the Baroque period as they were used for the more expressive and emotional arts of the time. In the nineteenth century, nudes became more common, yet became more sensitive. Artists would train by drawing nudes of ancient Greek statues and figures from myth. However, many artists would then move on to create works depicting prostitutes or peasant naked women. This would not please patrons as they were extremely societally taboo. However, this did not start artists from making them, as they moved into the twentieth and twenty-first century. This shows the importance of artistic nudes and their impact
I would first like to offer my gratitude to you for teaching a class of this nature, I knew that this would be an intriguing subject to learn, but I never imagined how much this course in itself would change me as a person and the way I now perceive sexuality. This class has not only taught me the basic concepts as sexuality, but has opened my eyes to the realities that our sex negative society had blinded me of my entire life, up until this point. My perspective of not only the sexual nature of humans but life in itself has been altered through the dramatic enlightenment that I have experiences throughout my time in this class. This course along with Human Sexuality and Women’s Health has sparked my continual interest in the study of sexuality as I find myself
To the ancient Greeks, Love and Sex were just as important as to any culture. While their concepts of what is love and sex and there purposes differed from our modern Western concepts of the same topics, they were also similar in many ways. One can study Greek literature and art and find plenty of evidence to support arguments about how the Greeks felt about love, sex, and homosexuality, it is often a one sided description provided to us from our ancient sources. Nearly all we have left to us is the reflections of only half of the Ancient Greeks, but surely there was more to the story. One should attempt to understand as many views of the culture as possible, and one of the most important distinctions in any culture is to determine the
When comparing erotic material of today from that of the nineteenth century, they are placed at either ends of the spectrum. In today's world, almost everything is sold by sex appeal. Sex is not a clandestine topic anymore, like it was in the nineteenth century. When looking into the subject matter of erotic imagery, the main difference is the erotic material that is for men versus women. In Linda Nochlin's essay, "Eroticism and Female Imagery in Nineteenth-Century Art," she makes many points on how erotic imagery of that time was merely for men's enjoyment, and not for women. This essay not only explains how mostly all of exotic imagery was meant for men, Nochlin takes it a
Throughout history it is evident that human sexuality changes do to religious, governmental and societal influences. The perception of human sexuality has gone through many changes such as being very open and unlabeled activity; to being very “conservative” and a topic that shouldn’t be talked about in public or at all. In any case, human sexuality has always been a topic of interest because humans are sexual beings who want to understand the consciousness of themselves as male or female and see their personal response when encountered in erotic experiences with other individuals. Unlike many other species whose sexual force is strictly for reproduction, human’s sexual drive seems to be driven by many factors that intertwine with each other which leads to very different outcomes. Do to these obscure human emotions and personal gratification, sex is always shown every culture’s art, literature, social norms, and laws.
Throughout history there has been speculation about what influences sexuality in men and woman. Is sexual orientation biological or cultural in nature? There is a common misconception that sexual identity operate in parallel with gender roles( Sell, 2005 as cited in Wilkinson & Roys, 2005, p.65). Scholars have not came to an agreement regarding what actually comprise a person’s sexual orientation, however a sexual orientation has been deemed a cumulative experience and interaction of emotional and sexual feelings towards one or both genders (Wilkinson & Roys, 2005, p.65). The paper provides provides some clues as to what factors influence sexual orientation in men and woman.
Human sexuality is a topic that is difficult for me to discuss. It has only been recently that I feel a little comfortable speaking with my peers about sex. Similar to others, my life experiences have formed my views on the topic of sexuality. Through my development, my understanding of sex and its components have changed dramatically; however, I continue to grow every day. My life experiences are the basis of my future sex counseling with clients; therefore, I need to increase my comfort level in the areas that I lack knowledge.