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Seminar 1 DQ 1 What is the evidence that what people find to be sexually arousing and sexually attractive is, in large part, culturally learned? What factors influence our sexual attitudes and behaviors? Describe some cultural diversity in sexual attitudes and behaviors around the world. Our cultural influences a lot of human behavior. However, there is always that secret part of ourselves where a person is attractive or becomes aroused by something they were taught is not socially acceptable. Over the centuries there have been religious leaders and doctors that have made their opinions public knowledge about sex. If certain sexual behaviors weren’t acceptable then there were consequences for those behaviors. Based on this alone would be enough to shape someone’s beliefs. If death was a consequence of wanting to have premarital sex then I certainly wouldn’t try to do it. Then there is also the media that is telling us to be beautiful is to be thin. This would also be shaping someone’s idea of what is attractive and arousing. One specific reference to a culturally learned sexual attraction is about the people in Sudan. The Kau culture finds women with abdominal scars very sexually attractive. This is not something we see in the media today. Everything is about body perfections and how to have the perfect body and skin. The factors that influence our sexual attitudes and behaviors is basically ideas that our passed down from ancestors. Most people’s first exposure to the subject of sex is from their own family. The parents teach their children their opinion about sex which is generally incorrect. This can be an uncomfortable subject for most people and the only way they deal with it is to tell their children that sex is not appropriate until you are married. I feel this type of education is more for the peace of mind of the parents so they don’t have to go into all the uncomfortable details about the subject. However, this information actually came from the bible and was reinforced by religious leaders. Some of the cultural diversities about sex are influenced by religious beliefs and interpretations. The Jewish culture believed that the human body and sex is God’s creation and it should be enjoyed between a married couple. They also believe that the purpose of sex is to have as many children as possible based on a passage from the bible. A contrasting view to the Jewish people is Christianity. The Christians used sex as way to control people by shaming them into believing that being sexually aroused by looking at a woman is a sin. Therefore they believed the purpose of sex should be for procreation only and not pleasure. References King, B. M., & Regan, P. C. (2014). Why a course in human sexuality? In Human sexuality today (8th ed., pp. 1-32) [e-book].

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