Lecture 7 - Gender&WomenStudies Lecture7 16:57

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Lecture 7 16:57 Social Truths, Biological Lies- Hidden Dimensions of Sex Education (Susan K. Pastor) The most important point The “facts” in sex education are those facts that do not contradict cultural beliefs “Social arrangements” explain which facts we choose The facts we choose to reinforce those social patterns What we teach: Sex= reproduction But not the whole truth! The reproductive system (RS) and the sexual response system (SRS) share parts but  not  the same Three examples of patterns related to sex=reproduction Sexual double standard High levels of sexual coercion/violence Homophobia  Exclusive focus on sex as reproduction Leads to false assumptions about our biology Sexuality is “on hold” until puberty Men and women are completely different when it comes to sex RS is on hold until puberty but PHYSICAL EVIDENCE shows SRS is turned on and  active from birth Ultrasound shows cyclic erections of the penis Cyclic vaginal lubrication in new born females Young children pleasure themselves Young children have the capacity for and experience orgasms Culture believes it can be dangerous to challenge: Children are asexual Any expression of sexuality in childhood is pathological
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Lecture 7 - Gender&WomenStudies Lecture7 16:57

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