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Human Sexuality and Culture Lecture 1/20/12: Using anthropology to understand human sexuality - What does anthropology contribute to the study of human sexuality? o Historical purposes o Comparative cultural norms o Adds holistic component - Sexuality is more than just “sex” o Sexuality includes all of the sexual attitudes, feelings, and behaviors associated with being human. It is a dimension of one’s personality. o Although sexual behavior is necessary for procreation, it can also be a source of great physical and emotional pleasure. - Using anthropology to understand human sexuality o The experience of sexuality varies across the world Cultural norms Individual experience History/politics Biology o What is “normal” varies between and within cultures - Diversity in the US o Oral-genital sex is less common among African-Americans than European- Americans, and less common among all ethnicities at lower education and income groups o Asian-Americans tend to be the least sexually permissive
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course ANT 2301 taught by Professor Gravlee during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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