There are two general categories of research design: quantitative and qualitative research methods.The types of research designs used in the study of sexuality include case studies, surveys and interviews, direct observation, experiments, field studies, and participatory action research.Being a critical consumer of sex research means having the skills to evaluate research and apply the findings to improve life.Human Sexual RightsHuman rights emerged as a social issue after World War II and in recognition of the need to support diversity and self-expression of all people.The AIDS epidemic raised awareness of sexuality as a human right.Sexual rights are only now becoming part of the recognized global order by the United Nations, other agencies, and individual countries.Page 28What's Your Position?
1.What do the terms sexual literacy andsexual well-beingmean to you?
oHow would you define sexual literacy and its desired outcome, sexual well-being?oWhat emotions would you like to articulate when it comes to your sexual experiences and expression?oHow do you feel about participating in sexual research? Is this part of being sexually literate?oHow do you understand diversity when it comes to sexual well-being?oHow would you define healthy sexuality in your own life?
2.How has sexuality changed from a negative to a more positive science?
oCan you explain why researchers viewed sex as a disease or symptom, rather than a positive function of human life?oCan you identify changes in the behaviors and beliefs that people expressed about sexuality as society became more tolerant?oHow do you see sex research in relation to societal policies today?
3.What does sexuality as a human right mean to you?
oHow did our society change historically when it comes to sexual rights?oHow might big societal forces, such as poverty, affect sexuality as a human right?o
How would you relate sexual literacy to human sexual rights?