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Perspectives on Sexuality Biological orientation to course, but will cover much more Focus on increasing sexual intelligence. Four components: Self-understanding Interpersonal sexual skills Scientific/Biological knowledge Consideration of the cultural context of sexuality An personal understanding of human sexuality involves a complex interaction of these components .
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Biological Factors Genes, hormones, the nervous system and more all play role in human sexuality. Sex serves biological function of reproduction We are biologically endowed with structures and physiological processes that makes sexual behavior possible.
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Inclusive Approach to Study of Sexuality Issues associated with sexuality generate attention and controversy Attitudes toward sexuality range from socially very liberal to extremely conservative. You represent a diversity of ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds as well as sexual and life experiences Many people relate sexually only with members of other sex, some with members of same sex and others with either sex. Need to be inclusive when thinking about sexuality because virtually no universals in sexual attitudes, experiences or preferences.
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Factors Contributing to Diversity of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors in US Individuals from different ethnic groups have different sexual values and behaviors. But even within ethnic groups great diversity exists. Degree of acculturation creates differences within ethnic groups. Acculturation = “Process of adopting the culture traits of another group” Race and ethnicity are complex and overlapping classifications. Increasing proportion of US population is multiracial which blurs differences between ethnic groups .
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Factors Contributing to Diversity of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors in US Within same ethnic group, socioeconomic status and education greatly influence sexual attitudes and behavior. For example studies have shown that people with more education, masturbate more often than less educated people do Individuals from different religious groups have different sexual values and behaviors. Sexual attitudes and behaviors vary greatly within same religious group. Orthodox vs. Reform Jew view on intercourse during menstruation.
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Cross-Cultural and Historical Perspective of Sexuality Diversity of sexual values and behaviors in US. Ethnic groups typically share common historical ancestry, religion and language, yet fluidity with same ethnic group Education level and socioeconomic status also influence values and behaviors Differences between groups are generalities not universal truths But provide prospective when examining our own values about sexuality.
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