PSYC 2850 - Human Sexuality - Class 1

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January 19, 2011
Sex Education and Sexual Attitudes
Sexual Attitudes and Religion
Religion has often been used as a tool to enforce restrictions on various types of
sexual activity
Western religious teachings have been used to control sexual behaviours
(Jewish/Christian - negative and conservative)
Islamic - view marital sex favorable but severe punishment for sex outside marriage
Religious proscriptions concerning sexual conduct influence laws that restrict sexual
Almighty God created the races, white, black, yellow, malay, and red, and placed
them on different continents. The fact that he separated the races shows he did not
intend for the races to mix”
Some religions are more tolerant of sexual diversity
Quakers worshipping in silence (society of friends) same sex in churches since 1960’s
Reform Judaism, 1977 support of homosexuality
Tantric Buddhism
Religions can be more tolerant of sexual diversity.
Polygamous marriages (Mormons)
Sexual Attitudes
Demographic factors influence attitudes about sexuality
More religious = more conservative
Is gay marriage acceptable?
Weekly worship = not accepted
Seldom/never worship = accepted
(are one night stands acceptable?) - men tend to be more liberal; older more
conservative about casual sex
Marital status
Parental status
Sexual orientation
People differ in terms of what they think heterosexual sex is “for”
Recreational (pleasure) 25.1% - consensual
Traditional (marriage) 30.6%
Relational (most people) 44.3%
Cement relationship
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