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– Female circumcision Private/Public Dichotomy
• Gender ideology is expressed also through the use of
space in homes and public areas.
• Gender system in which women’s status is lowered by
their cultural identification with the home and children
• Men are identified with public, prestigious economic and
• Women with domestic space, in some cases secluded
• Example of Egyptian Bedouin Gender Ideology
• In some societies
women are excluded
from certain areas
that are “for men
only,” such as this
all men's bar in
Perth, We will either cover these next
slides Fri in class, or Wed
after the film Cultural Sexual Behaviors
• Human sexual activity is patterned by culture - Cultural variation
in sexual behavior
Culture patterns habitual responses of different people to
different parts of the body
Sexually, foreplay is culturally diverse
Cultures vary in what is considered erotic
– Before the Tahitians learned to kiss from the Europeans,
they began sexual intimacy by sniffing
– The Trobriand islanders inspected each other for lice if they
felt fond of each other Sexuality and Culture
• Sexual norms affect sexual behavior.
• Cultures differ in:
– Age that sexuality begins and ends.
– Ways people make themselves attractive.
– Importance of sexual activity. Inis Beag Society: Ireland
• Described as “one of the most sexually
naïve of the world’s societies”.
• Women are expected to endure sex.
• Refusing intercourse is a mortal sin. Inis Beag Society
Culturally patterned sexual repression:
• Absence of sexual foreplay.
• Belief that sexual activity weakens men.
• Absence of premarital sex.
• High percentage of celibate male...
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2014 for the course ANTH 1003 taught by Professor Demovic during the Spring '07 term at LSU.
- Spring '07