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introppt16+3-24-08 - Sexuality is something that society...

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Announcements Exam 2: Wed., 3/26 Extra credit for exam 2: MR Ch. 38 by Leung (“The Model Minority Myth”). There will be two short answer questions about this chapter for possible 1-4 points on your exam score. The review sheet is on TRACS Reading on sexuality: AT CH 13, pp. 333-347 FYI: I am doing a guest presentation entitled, “What is a Gay-Friendly Workplace?” tomorrow (Tues., 3/25), 2-3:00, in PSY 132. Consider yourself invited (it’s optional, of course)!
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Sexuality: Sociological Questions What are prevalent attitudes about sexuality? What are prevalent sexual behaviors and practices? How do these attitudes and behaviors vary culturally? Why do sexual attitudes and behaviors change? How do societies regulate sexuality through laws and policies? *You can see that none of these questions include value judgments about what is “right” or “wrong” because sociology is a science
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Sociological description of sexuality You DON’T NEED TO WRITE THIS DOWN--just read it.
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Unformatted text preview: Sexuality is something that society produces in complex ways. It is a result of diverse social practices that give meaning to social activities, of social definitions and self-definitions, of struggles between those who have the power to define and regulate, and those who resist. Sexuality is not given, it is a product of negotiation, struggle, and human agency. Jeffrey Weeks, British sociologist (1986) Sexuality and Culture Significant variation around the globe Sexuality and deviance One example: Hijras in India Brief excerpt from Taboo: Hijras Serena Nanda, anthropologist Other examples of cultural differences Societies regulate sexuality Institutions and organizations Laws and policies Changes in Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors Sociologists also study how sexual attitudes and behaviors change, even within one society. How people learn sexual scripts Significant changes in the U.S....
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