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Jada McLaughlinDiscussion Questions 13-1812/8/15 TTh 4pmChapter 13Is there too much emphasis on body perfection in our society? Have you had friends who took extreme measures to make their body fit the cultural ideal? Have you dealt with pressure to have a certain body?oYes, I’ve known a fair amount of people who have had eating disordersor have self-harmed. I’ve been very fortunate in that I never really spent a lot of time worrying about body image. I’m blessed with a fast metabolism and different ethnicities that mix well in terms of American beauty. Plus a fat ass, so I get attention from guys occasionally, and that keeps me cocky. I definitely believe that there is a heavy emphasis on appearance in American society, especially for girls. The high beauty standards for women affect both genders and are ubiquitous. How comfortable are you in discussing your sexual and reproductive health with your doctor? If you feel uncomfortable, why do you think you feel this way?oI could probably do it without too much squeamishness if I felt I needed to, like for a checkup. But I generally feel very uncomfortable around doctors in general. I don’t really like doctors. I would feel just as awkward trying to explain a bladder issue or mysterious bump.Do many of your peers use alcohol as a “sexual lubricant,” hoping that its use will lead to sexual activity? Do you know of individuals who regret being sexual while under the influence of alcohol? What, in your opinion, is the role of alcohol in dating?oI don’t know any people who do this. I’m not really friends with a lot ofpeople who drink heavily. And, being 19 (as of this coming Monday), I don’t really have any experience drinking. I don’t think alcohol has a role in dating, assuming that “dating” refers to the continued relationship between two or more people. Chapter 14Do you think that sexual function difficulties should be determined by a medical group such as the American Psychological Association or by what the individual and/or couple decides is dissatisfying?oUh. I guess, depending on what they are. If they’re chronic or severe, then I guess healthcare professionals should get involved. But in many cases, wouldn’t a sex therapist be better, since many cases of sexual dysfunction are psychological and therefore temporary (assuming the issue doesn’t last forever)? If the couple is unable to have satisfying sexfor, say, 6 months I think that would constitute the need for professional help/attention. 3 months might just constitute a sex therapist, if the couple is unable to solve the issue.
If you have been sexual with another person, have you ever experienced sexual function dissatisfaction or difficulty? After reading this chapter, do you think that this experience is actually a “sexual dysfunction” or possibly a dissatisfaction based on an unrealistic expectation of what sex should be like? Did you talk to your partner about the disappointment?