HDFS Chapter 10 Notes
HDFS Chapter 10 Notes HDFS 2100
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HDFS Chapter 10 Meaning of Passionate love Powerful emotional state Passionate Love Scale (PLS): cognitive, physiological, and behavioral indicators Increased interest in the topics of passionate love Impact of Culture and Technology Culture: shaping peoples thoughts, feelings, and actions Advances in technology: fMRI possible to study phenomenon such as strong emotions like jealousy, passion, “darker emotions” Evolutionary psychology Culture: meaning of passionate love Same 5 emotions as “basic” across cultures also agree on if they are positive or negative Joy/happiness Love/attraction Fear Anger/hate Sadness/depression Romantic and Sexual Attitudes Though passionate love is seen as somewhat universal, romantic and sexual attitudes have varied greatly from culture to culture Historical Notions (lonnnnng time ago) Encouraging men & women to marry for love Condemning passionate love as evil Hospitable to share wives w/ visitors Lock wives away in harems Idealize pure sexual love between older men and boys Temple prostitutes as godly Same sex relationships condemned, killed, or tortures Peoples Republic of China Religion shaping sexual attitudes (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism) Yin-Yang (female and male force) Passionate love and sexual pleasure (great joys of life) Great deal of scientific information (sexual response cycle) Though also much mystical misinformation (immortality through sexual pleasure) Idealized and praised sexuality Sung Dynasty: Everything Changed Neo-Confucians gained power (1000 yrs. ago) Attitudes toward love and sexuality began to change Men now considered far superior to women Displays of love outside of marriage now forbidden and erotic art/literature was burned Sexuality in China Today Peoples Republic of China established 1949 Communist officials tried to impose even tighter controls on “inappropriate” sexual activity Sexual “primness” firmly established Almost no sex education (changing some) Recent History: 1980’s Basic mechanics of sex weren’t being taught Lock of foreplay (less than 1 minute) Keep on as much clothing as possible Higher rates of pain during sex reported by women (37%) More than 70% of couples report unhappy with sex life Strict ban on sexually explicit material Same sex behaviors taboo (condemned) Times Changing Late 80’s university students protested for sexual freedom New museum of Chinese Sex Culture opened in Shanghai (curator not allowed to advertise) Immense social changes sweeping China (sex shops, media, STDs) Nothing Stays the Same Changes in sexual attitudes and behaviors inevitable Consequences are complex Current norms are in flux Cultural Perspective Theory: Early Thought Americans are preoccupied with love? Great importance to personal and emotional expression Chinese: “underplay all matters of the heart” Romantic love: U.S and China How do I feel vs. what will others say Love used to describe “illicit” affair in China Romantic love more common in modern industrialized countries The Emerging Evidence False dichotomy individualism and collectivism Mena and women in a variety of cultures value romantic love Majority of young people “currently in love” (Russia, Japan, U.S) Willingness to Marry someone you do not love Men won’t do it (luxury of privilege) Women are more practical, willing to do it This gap has narrowed in recent years, both more equally likely to require love as pre-requisite to marriage Across cultures men and women consider love a pre-requisite to courtship and marriage