Personal Response 2
Personal Response on Sexual Identity
Sexuality is hard to define in one-dimensional ways because a variety of factors including
gender identity, values and critical thinking about sex, past history and current environments,
personal feelings on attraction and experiences with love, affects the development of one’s
sexuality. The author of this paper has allowed her sexuality to flourish without having to
compromise her virtue. The author wants her sexuality to be more than just the presence of flesh,
without passion, intimacy, or commitment. Her sexual decision to abstain from sex is based upon
her desire to be in a committed relationship.
How Does Personal Value Systems and Critical Thinking Affect Sexual Decision Making?
Before taking this course, the author had already established her value systems and
critically thought about the importance of sex in her life. She used ethical relativism and
rationalism to analyze any decisions she made about sex. As an ethical relativist, she believes
that our diverse environment, encourage us to live by differing moral rules about sex. Ethical
relativism is unbounded by moral restrictions and the author being an ethical relativist herself,
understands that “the essence of human morality is to derive one’s own principles and apply
them according to one’s own conscience” (Rathus, Nevid, Rathus-Fichner, 2005, p.6). Also, she
has always been a rationalist matters concerning sexual relations. To apply rationalism in sexual
decision making is to be a thinker about sex, making decisions from a logical perspective by
evaluating its many benefits, but also its many repercussions.
Critical thinking, like being rational about sexual decision making, requires scrutinizing
personal values, thinking about whether or not it is the right time to engage in sex, and most
importantly, contemplating the ups and downs of sex.
Critical thinking before this course has
helped the author decide that it is best for her to abstain from sex until she is emotionally and