PSYC 210 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Product Placement, Orgasm, Victorian Era

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1 September 2016
PSYC 210
Chapter 1
Exploring Human Sexuality: Past + Present
What is Sexuality?
A uniquely human trait?
Mating rituals
Laws, customs, fantasies, art based on sexuality
Sexologists - specialize in studying human sexuality
Is America sexually repressed?
Diversity in sexual expression
Take Home Message
When it comes to sexuality, there are two societal forces that guide us in thinking
about sexuality
Religion
Religion across time has been the way that you identify with your
group -- something that provided authority, guidelines as to what
is/isn’t acceptable, etc.
Think about traffic laws. You know them, but sometimes
you go outside the realm of the laws and break them by
speeding, etc. So why are you doing this?
Your desire to perform an action outweighs the
consequences that might follow breaking the law
Free will
Everyone else is doing it -- we want to be “normal”
but normal according to who?
When you’re caught (like if you get a speeding ticket),
though, you go back to being good. We see that there are
consequences and punishment for our actions. We adjust
based on what happens
We have defined what is “normal” based on what is publicly
accepted and appropriate
Culture
Religion, Politics and Where you’re from play a HUGE role in
defining who you are. All three of these things are layered and
speaks to your identity, values, etc.
The culture of TAMU: smart, conservative, a “rich” school, etc.
You use culture to decide what norms are
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Laws, customs, fantasies, art based on sexuality. Sexologists - specialize in studying human sexuality. When it comes to sexuality, there are two societal forces that guide us in thinking about sexuality. Religion across time has been the way that you identify with your group -- something that provided authority, guidelines as to what is/isn"t acceptable, etc. You know them, but sometimes you go outside the realm of the laws and break them by speeding, etc. Your desire to perform an action outweighs the consequences that might follow breaking the law. When you"re caught (like if you get a speeding ticket), though, you go back to being good. We see that there are consequences and punishment for our actions. We have defined what is normal based on what is publicly accepted and appropriate. Religion, politics and where you"re from play a huge role in defining who you are.

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