CFNF400, Module 2 - Essentialist Verses Social Constructionist Theories of Human Sexuality - Essentialist Verses Social Constructionist Theories of

CFNF400, Module 2 - Essentialist Verses Social Constructionist Theories of Human Sexuality

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Essentialist Verses Social Constructionist Theories of Human Sexuality One of the optional readings for this Module takes a somewhat different, but equally important approach to understanding theoretical perspective on human sexuality. This reading (Essentialism vs. Social Constructionism in the Study of Human Sexuality) looks at some of the same theories examined in your textbook chapter and pays particular attention to some of their strengths and weakness. Each theory is categorized as either Essentialist (e.g., sexuality is biologically determined) or Social Constructionist (e.g., sexuality is socially determined). This reading will also help you understand the role of theory in studying human sexuality by showing how Essentialist and Social Constructionist theoretical approaches have examined different aspects of human sexuality. There is a tendency among students and professionals in the field of human sexuality to choose and embrace one single theory as the best and only adequate explanation for sexual behaviour. This can be

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