Sexuality and Culture. sexual identity and concept of desire is a social construct developed within context that includes history, social class, ethnic group, religion and gender role ideology.
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Behavior’s which are acceptable for boys and men include having many partner’s, taking the sexual initiative, openly talking about sex which are NOT acceptable or less acceptable for girls and women
and that you can’t just do sex therapy in a vacuum. You have to take into account the gender realities that influence women’s lives. Masters and Johnson treated people as people without any sense of power or social context and that was, it seemed liberating, but it really wasn’t. It wasn’t thorough. It certainly wasn’t thorough and it was really deceptive and incorrect, because you can’t just treat people as people as if they were interchangeable. You can’t, a white man and a black man, you know, a white man and a white woman, a conservative Christian and a Hindu immigrant. I mean it was ridiculous. So throughout the ‘80’s and ‘90’s as psychology was getting more multicultural, I was trying to do a lot of those things in sex therapy, which was definitely unpopular, because most of the people in sex therapy had a real medical model going on in their minds and they thought of these kinds of social things as influences…”
1. Lack of vocabulary to describe subjective or physical experience.2. Lack of information about human sexual biology and life-stage changes. 3. Lack of information about how gender roles influence men's and women's sexual expectations, beliefs, and behaviors. 4. Inadequate access to information and services for contraception and abortion, STD prevention and treatment, sexual trauma, and domestic violence.
1. Anxiety or shame about one's body, sexual attractiveness, or sexual responses.
2. Confusion or shame about one's sexual orientation or identity, or about sexual fantasies and desires.
C. Inhibitions due to conflict between the sexual norms of one's subculture or culture of origin and those of the dominant culture.
D. Lack of interest, fatigue, or lack of time due to family and work obligations.
1. Past experiences of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. 2. General personality problems with attachment, rejection, co-operation, or entitlement.3. Depression or anxiety.
B. Sexual inhibition due to fear of sexual acts or of their possible consequences, e.g., pain during intercourse, pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, loss of partner, loss of reputation.
“Our girls move toward womanhood through the demarcations of what they can buy and own or of who wants to sleep with them… The danger to girls is that the culture often makes girls turn into women in ways they do not choose before they are psychologically ready, and it defines their readiness as a passive biological development. It gives them little opportunity to turn themselves into women as an active, healthy goal toward which to struggle and to claim at last with pride” (Wolf, p.134).
1- “I would have wanted to know that it was ok to wait until I was really ready. There is so much pressure to have sex when you are a teenager and even a young adult, that you are considered abnormal if you aren’t ‘doing it’. I also wish I would have known that waiting- for sex, or for anything in life for that matter!- always makes it better. People think that instant gratification is going to make them happy, but in my experience, the longer I’ve had to work on something or the longer I’ve been in a committed relationship, the better it was.
What Would You Include on this List???