ANTHJ 9 - Lecture, 2-14-11 Sexuality and Kinship Sexuality...

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Lecture, 2-14-11 Sexuality and Kinship Sexuality Refers to erotic desires and sexual practices Also refers to sexual orientation Why is this topic worth considering from a comparative perspective? What are the ideological foundations within your culture that have influenced expectations of what constitutes the number of genders and acceptable gender role behaviors? Enculturation: Creates a world view Malinowski’s The Sexual Lives of Savages (1929) He was disappointed that readers focused on the “sensational details” of sex His aim with this book was to show sex, family, and kinship present an “organic unity which cannot be disrupted”. Integration of sexuality and adolescent sexual freedom with traditions of courtship, marriage, family. How do humans learn about sex and sexuality? Watching. Listening, and imitating people around them There are a great diversity of attitudes about sexuality and much variation in what are “acceptable behaviors”
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ANTHJ 9 - Lecture, 2-14-11 Sexuality and Kinship Sexuality...

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