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Personal Response on 1 Running head: PERSONAL RESPONSE ON SEXUAL IDENITY Personal Response on Sexual Identity Raven Walker University of Phoenix Psy 265
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Personal Response on Sexual Identity Sexuality is difficult to define because it is multidimensional. Factors of this multidimensional definition include values, critical thinking about sex, history, gender identity, environment, attractions, and experiences; combined all play a role in the development of one’s sexuality. I do not want sex without passion, intimacy, or commitment. My sexual decision is to stay in a relationship that fulfills the requirements mentioned previously. I had already established my value system before taking this course. I had already on more than one occasion used critical thinking in deciding what was important to me and my sex life. I have used ethics and rationalism to analyze decisions made about sex. I consider myself to be an ethical relativist; I believe that the diverse environment that people live in encourages people to live by different morals and rules about sex. I have always been rational about my sexual decisions. I have applied the rule of thinking and that allowed decisions to be made logically. Rational and critical thinking about sexual endeavors requires examining personal values, timing, and the pros, and cons of sex. The use of critical thinking before this course aided this author in my decision to have sex only within a committed relationship. Arriving at the end of this course I have not had a change in my ideas on values, critical thinking, or sexual decision-making. I continue to believe that the differences between culture and religious beliefs will always have a profound and varied effect on sexual decision-making. I continue to be rational and critical in my thinking on decisions concerning sex. The historical perspectives on sexuality had an effect on this author’s life, specifically female heterosexuality. Throughout history women had limitations placed on them. History has shown a sexual bias toward women, thus giving heterosexual males an advantage in allowing
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them sexual freedoms. For example, extra marital affairs were accepted by society for men, but a woman would be shunned. Religion played a major role in women being considered for childbearing purposes only and had an impact on sexuality. Earlier Christians considered “any non-procreative sexual act as sinful, even within a marriage” (Rathus, Nevid, and Fichner- Rathus, 2005, p.299-300). Women did not have the freedom to explore their sexuality and; the majority of whom were subjected to the demands put on them by their spouses. History does show positive impressions of female heterosexuality, such as the women of the later part of the
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