4500Sexx - Chapter X Cultural Diversity in Sexuality...

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Chapter X: Cultural Diversity in Sexuality Ethnography Cultures or subcultures Ethnology Comparative study What Is “Normal” Sexual Behavior? Culture defines as normal sexual behavior Children accept society teachings Criteria Used to Define “Normal” Sexual Behavior Prevalence Moral Correctness Naturalness Adaptiveness/comfort Historical Variations in Definitions of “Normal” Sexual Behavior Ethnocentrism Versus Cultural Relativism Ethnocentrism Viewing one’s own culture as superior Cultural Relativism Understanding other cultures Personal Choices: Is a Cultural-Relativistic Perspective Amoral? Understanding sexual practices and beliefs does not mean you accept them Cultural Variations in Sexuality Culture Characteristics of a society Central Elements of Culture Beliefs
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Norms Folkways Laws: Political authority Mores: Norms that have a moral basis
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