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Unformatted text preview: Ch. 11: Sexuality Sexual relationships develop within a social context that establishes: What sexual relationships mean How they are conducted What social supports are given to sexual relationships  Sexuality is socially defined and patterned. Sexual Orientation vs. Sexual Identity  S.O.: attraction that people feel for people of the same or different sex  S.I.: definition of oneself that is formed around ones sexual relationships (straight, gay, or anything in between)  Sexual identity is learned in the context of our social relationships and the social structures in which we live. natural, biological?  learned, socially determined? What would sociology say? 1. Human sexual attitudes and behavior vary in different cultural contexts. 2. Sexual attitudes and behavior change over time. 3. Sexual identity is learned. 4. Social institutions channel and direct human sexuality. 5. Sex is influenced by economic forces in society. 6. Public policies regulate sexual and reproductive behaviors. Today 59% of the public think that homosexual relations between consenting adults should be legal, compared to 43% in 1977.  At the same time, 89% think homosexuals should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities.  Compare to the 1950s : Boys Beware  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4enfUyGW Young people are becoming sexually active at an earlier age. o Having only one sex partner in a lifetime is rare. o A significant number of people have extramarital sex. o A significant number of people are lesbian or gay. o Almost 2/3 of Americans report having sex a few times per month or two to three times per week. Functionalism Learned in the family; deviant identities contribute to social disorder....
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2011 for the course SYG 2000 taught by Professor Joos during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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chapter 11 ppt - Ch. 11: Sexuality Sexual relationships...

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