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Sociology & Sexuality
-sexuality is guided by social scripts that tell us whom we should find sexually
attractive & how to behave sexually
-20th 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
-prepare to undergo sex surgery & hormone therapy
Transgenders defy male/female 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
-dressed in a fashionable way
-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/ work/create 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
Male Sexual Assault on Women
-10% of all rape cases involve men raping other men most commonly in prisons
-acquaintance/date rape is the least reported
-it is legal, however obscenity is not
-obscenity is sex associated w/ violence, children, beastiality, degradation &
-$15 billion a year business in US & Canada
-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 calledsex 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