Sexuality and Society Week 1
Sexuality and Society Week 1 SOCI 3156
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Gabriella Salinas on Friday January 15, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOCI 3156 at Georgia State University taught by Mindy Stombler (P) in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 41 views. For similar materials see SEXUALITY AND SOCIETY in Sociology at Georgia State University.
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Date Created: 01/15/16
Sexuality and Society Sociology: Systematic study of human society and social interactions Social Inequality Ex: Gay marriage Social institutions Ex: Religion: no sex before marriage Army: don’t ask don’t tell Socialization What your parents teach you about sex, boys vs. girls getting gendered messages Social Change Whether you can have sex outside of marriage. 1960s: 20% Today most Americans around 60% have accepted it How the media portrays sex Social Structure Gang rape on different structures (atmosphere not singled out) Culture Might compare different cultures and how they view sexuality Different Words for Sex: Intercourse Tap that ass Drilling Doing it Hammering Griding Fucking Slamming Bust it open Netflix and Chill Boinking Knockin boots Screwing Making love Beat it up Smash Cutting Wax that ass Hitting it Banging Boning Smushing Making Whoopie What they all have in common: Violence/Abuse/Aggression Someone who is the subject and someone is the object Subject is more likely men (active) and women is the object who is having things done to her (passive) Our words are disconnected to “love” They are emotion-less Divorced from reproduction: meaning they are all not intended to reproduce Home Depot Theme (mechanical): Screwing, Smash, Hitting, Tap, Hammering, Slamming, Cutting, Banging, Drilling, Grinding, Bust, Knocking, Wax Fucking is gendered neutral: No one person is having something done to them, they are both “fucking” each other. Instead of saying, “yeah I got fucked” which has a negative meaning we say “yeah we fucked” which has a different meaning aka sex In the 1800’s they said things like: bread and butter green gown 3 Course Themes Theme 1: Sex is Social Sexual behavior is no different than any other behavior in our lives that we learn from social interaction Four Ways: The social norms that govern sexual behavior are continually changing Social norms are rules in the society written->laws, and unwritten rules-> sitting next to a person in an empty movie all by themselves What Counts as Sex? Is oral sex sex? What is considered Erotic Where you’ve had sex for the first time. No kind of privacy. Now its in a hotel room Who are we allowed to have sex with? Breaking the law? Age, gender, race Other Social Factors influence sexual activity and its meeting Social factors: Age, Gender, Religion, Race, Cultural Background- Social class, Geographically Sex is Socially Constructed A social contraction is an idea that may appear to be natural, normal and even obvious to those who accept it but its actually an invention or an artifact of a particular culture or society Real consequences for this fake socially constructed idea of race Sex is Socially Controlled Everyone may think they have free will to do whatever they want but they cant Social Control refers to social mechanisms that regulate individual and group behavior using rewards and punishments and that can be done Informally-> calling them names or giving them a look, shaming, high five. Formally-> laws, fines, prison Individuals can do it: call you a slut Institutions can do it: economy (selling sex), families, medicine (sick sex), legal system, media Some resistance Theme 2: Sexuality can be fluid and incredibly diverse Fluidity: capacity that are able to experience attractions that run outside of ones sexual orientations Peoples attractions are changing over time Women are more fluid than men Younger cohorts are more fluid Theme 3 This class begins with an assumption with sex positivity If sex is consensual it has the intention of being positive pleasurable healthy its NOT inherently damaging Sex and sexuality is NOT a product of natural urges it is shaped, constructed and controlled within social context What we do sexually is a product of our interactions with others
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