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Lecture 4

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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 th - 20 century – sexual century b/c 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 male/female cultural roles - sexual identity doesn’t match the body Gender Identity & Gender Role - Gender identity is one’s 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 one’s gender are supposed to behave Metrosexuals - dressed in a fashionable way Homosexuality - not sure if it’s 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, verb
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