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Lecture 5 - Exploring Human Sexuality: Past and Present

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Lecture 5 - Exploring Human Sexuality: Past and Present HLWL 1109

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We discussed the genderbread diagram, sexuality today, how sex is viewed between races, what is sexuality, and how it has changed over time.
Human Sexuality
Philip W. Lucas
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genderbread, diagram, Person, Human, sexuality, today, sex, Asia, Mediterranean, christianity, middle, ages, islam, trait, animals, impact, Media, Pendulum
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Date Created: 09/23/16
Leslie Ogu HLWL 1109  09/13/2016 ­ ​Exploring Human Sexuality: Past and Present    From Last Class:      Today’s Class:    Chapter 1 Reading  Outline  ➢ Sexuality Today  ➢ The Early Evolution of Human Sexuality  ➢ Sexuality from St. Paul to Martin Luther  ➢ The Enlightenment and the Victorian Era  ➢ Sex in American History    Class Thoughts   ➢ Sex has been like a pendulum  ➢ Despite it being like a pendulum, it seems to be an integral part of society  ➢ How homosexuality has progressed throughout time  ➢ Different religions and the emphasis on male­female relationships, as well as  their roles  ➢ How men and women are portrayed  ➢ Some cultures have been believed to be conservative about sex and sexuality  but had their times of changes  ➢ How commonplace pornography was in certain eras  ➢ How the price of the condom went down as sex seemed to increase  ➢ How Jesus didn’t talk much about sex in the Bible  ➢ The war on sexuality  ➢ You have to get a blood test before marriage because men were giving women  STIs  ➢ Use of sex for pleasing the wives and for other reasons    Video on Sexuality Between Races  ➢ Japanese tend to be more inward and reserved about sexuality because of the  culture  ➢ To some Dutch, having sex should come when one is ready and have thought it  through very well, considering the consequences and being knowledgeable  ➢ In today’s society, a lot of parents and households are uncomfortable talking  about sex, and having “the talk”  ➢  People seem to have sex ed talks either in middle school and high school  ○ Is there a wrong age to discuss it?  ○ Is there a right age or time to discuss it?  ➢ Who is the better parent to speak to per gender?  ○ Some say girls to speak to their mothers, and the boys should speak to  their dads  ○ There are benefits in speaking to both  ○ Maybe the parent they are most open with should do it    What is Sexuality?  ➢ A uniquely human trait?  ➢ Mating rituals  ➢ Laws, customs, fantasies, art based on sexuality  ○ Laws include age of consent, sexual crimes, etc  ➢ Sexologists ­ specialize in studying human sexuality  ➢ Is America sexually repressed?  ➢ Diversity in sexual expression    The Impact of the Media  ➢ Explicitly or subtly sexual visual media  ○ Digitally altered models’ bodies and faces  ○ Sexual content on television  ➢ Changing patterns of social communication on the Internet    Changes in Human Sexuality Over Time   ➢ Ancient Mediterranean  ○ Laws from growth of cities  ○ Many sexual issues in writings and art  ○ The intention of three ancient cultures influences modern Western society  ■ Hebraic (Hebrews)  ■ Hellenistic (Greek)  Roman  ➢ Ancient Asia  ○ India  ■ Marriage was considered a positive pursuit  ■ Patriarchal society and female infanticide were commonplace  ■ The Kamasutra and the nature of love  ○ China  ■ Yin and yang of sexuality  ■ Importance of female orgasm  ■ Homosexuality and polygamy  ➢ Early Christianity  ○ View of sexuality was to dominate Western thought for the next 2,000  years  ○ General association  ○ Celibacy and chastity were idealized  ○ Sex for procreation only   ➢ Middle Ages  ○ 1050­1150 sexuality was liberalized  ○ Entremetteuse ­ sexual teachers  ○ Late 15th century ­ campaign against witchcraft, women’s insatiable  “carnal lust”  ➢ Islam   ○ A new religion  ■ Patriarchal society  ■ Modesty: covering private parts of the body  ■ Harems for wealthy men  ■ Eunuchs (men who have been castrated)    Note: There are additional places and cultures on the slides 


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