Lecture 6 - Sexuality and Relationships.Handouts - Sexuality and Relationships Sexual Scripts Sexuality is shaped by culture How to have sex Who to have

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1 Sexuality and Relationships Sexual Scripts Sexuality is shaped by culture How to have sex Who to have it with What type of activities are pleasurable When sexual behavior is appropriate Rules, guidelines and punishments within a culture = scripts Sexual Scripts Would you marry someone you are not in love with? India and Pakistan – 50% Mexico, Thailand, and Phillipines – 10 - 20% Brazil, Japan, US, and others – very few Vary across racial groups Best age to have sex? Asian American – 21.74 African American – 19.16
2 Teen Sexuality More teens having sex outside marriage Increase greater for girls First intercourse occurring at lower age Teen Sexuality Why start? Percieved level of sexual activity amoung friends Closeness with parents and open dialogue about sex delays Who controls birth control/STI protection? Why use? Why not use? Teen Sexuality Attitudes toward premarital sex: Abstinence Wrong for men and women Permissiveness with affection Okay if in stable monogamous relationship Okay, if in stable monogamous relationship Permissiveness without affection Okay if based on physical attraction Double-standard Okay for men, not for women
3 Teen Sexuality First sexual experiences American women more negative reactions than Swedish women More guilt and less pleasure than men 2.95 on 1 – 7 scale of pleasure Masturbation 90% of males and 60% of females Women don’t have negative attitudes, just less likely

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