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1 Chapter 1 Exploring Human Sexuality: Past and Present Human Sexuality in a Diverse World Define sexuality History of sexuality Evolution Ancient civilizations Religion Early sexual reform movements Sexual images in our culture Media Early Evolution of Human Sexuality
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2 Early Evolution of Human Sexuality Upright posture changed human sexual intercourse Visual cues increased in importance Male genitals and female breasts more visible Human male has largest penis of all primates Female pelvis rotated forward to allow face- to-face intercourse Enhanced female stimulation and orgasm What is Sexuality? A uniquely human trait More than just mating rituals Throughout history sexuality determined by: Laws, customs, fantasies, art Why is History Important? Understand why Be critical of what is given Social construction Societal organizations - Diversity
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3 Ancient Mediterranean Modern western society influenced by the interaction of three ancient cultures: Hebraic Hellenistic (Greek) Roman The Hebrews Hebrew Bible had explicit rules Forbade adultery Forbade male homosexual intercourse Forbade incestuous relations Greece (1000 Ń 200 B.C.) More sexually permissive than the Hebrews Stories of sexual exploits, incest, rape, bestiality
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4 Greece (1000 Ń 200 B.C.) Distinguished between love and sex Aphrodite: goddess of sexual intercourse Eros: god of love Greece (1000 Ń 200 B.C.) Greek pederasty Sex was a symbol of power Greece (1000 Ń 200 B.C.) Idealized men and the male form, as well as the female form
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5 Greece (1000 Ń 200 B.C.) Homosexuality: widespread high society class Ideal love nonsexual - Platonic Greek cups, plates, and other pottery often depicted erotic scenes, such as this scene from the 5 th century B.C. Rome (5 th to 7 th Century B.C.) Marriage and sex were ways to improve economic and social standing Passionate love almost nonexistent
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6 Ancient Asia India China China Tao comprised of two principles Yin: feminine, passive, inexhaustible
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