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Lecture 4

Week 4 Sociology and sexuality

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Malcolm Mac Kinnon

Sociology & Sexuality - sexuality is guided by social scripts that tell us whom we should find sexually attractive & how to behave sexually - 20 century sexual century bc sex came out of the closet - erotophobia religion that has a phobic highly negative in response to sexuality - Freud identified the libido sex drive in humans located in the id - Kense sex researcher studied habits of sexual behaviour Body Image - women tend to be judged on appearance more often than men - those dissatisfied w their body image are less likely to desire & engage in sexual activity Transsexuals - prepare to undergo sex surgery & hormone therapy Transgenders Transgenders defy malefemale cultural roles - sexual identity doesnt match the body Gender Identity & Gender Role - Gender identity is ones identification w or sense of belonging to, a particular sex - Gender role refers to acting in accordance w widely shared expectations about how members of ones gender are supposed to behave Metrosexuals - dressed in a fashionable way Homosexuality - not sure if its caused by nature or nurture - found in our closest evolutionary relatives - found in all cultures at all times in history Compulsory heterosexuality sexual activities expressed with the opposite sex Mating Rituals - sexual position varies from one culture to another Sexual Controversies - sometimes sex is dominated by hostility, aggression, violence - typically male on female violence - sexual violence can be rape, verbal, physical abuse, harassment Sexual Harassment - quid pro quo sexual harassment involves the use of sexual threats or bribery in the making of decisions affecting employment - hostile envt sexual harassment involves sexual jokes, comments and touching that interfere w workcreate an unfriendly work setting - 23% - 51% of women have been sexually harassed in the workplace - over 100,000 women a year are raped in America - in Canada, 26,000 cases www.notesolution.comMale Sexual Assault on Women - 10% of all rape casesinvolve men raping other men most commonly in prisons - acquaintancedate rape is the least reported Pornography - it is legal, however obscenity is not - obscenity is sex associated w violence, children, beastiality, degradation & humiliation - $15 billion a year business in US & Canada Prostitution - worlds oldest profession - not illegal in Canada but cannot make a nuisance of self publicly - soliciting publicly on the streets is illegal - linked to poverty, patriarchy - preferred to be called sex workers - most prostitutes are women - rated in hierarchy - call girls are at the top of the list young, beautiful - street walkers are at the bottom of the list harassed by police - no choice w who to have sex with - runaways - a victimless crime - COYOTE call off your old tired ethics Teen Pregnancy - 40% of children are born out of wedlock - creates huge underclass of women who live in poverty - these children tend not to do well in school
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