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Sexuality and PC-TV Facts Term Paper

… Conclusion

From sexuality being a tight-lipped subject for television, to a show entirely about lesbians, the media has certainly come a long way to embracing a new kind of sexuality, one that focuses on sexual orientation and seeks to provide a new reality for the average American. Do gays want the same things that straight people do? Absolutely. Do gay couples stress about how to find a sperm donor (just like a straight fertility challenged couple might?). Absolutely. In short, the only way to represent a group is to show it, in all its "Must See TV!" glory (McCarthy 94), to its mundane life details, to its heartbreaking coming out scene, television, it seems, has got it all covered, whether American are ready for it…. [read more]


Attitudes Toward Human Sexuality Term Paper

… Attitudes Toward Human Sexuality

Human sexuality is often mentioned today when there is a differentiation between humans and animals that comes in discussion. Many people are proud to say that the only creatures that engage in sexual activities for the sake of pleasure are humans. Some may add: there appears to be recent evidence that dolphins may enjoy having sex, too. Since there were recent attempts to classify dolphins as "superior beings" instead of "animals," regardless of the grounds or the purpose of such an attempt, an empirical theory regarding the nature of these aquatic creatures has already started to challenge the traditional view and therefore the boundaries between the human and the animal world.

Human sexuality is a vast field that still has numerous…. [read more]


Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Aristophanes Lysistrata Term Paper

… Gender and Sexuality

New Criticism: Gender and Sexuality in Aristophanes' Lysistrata

Aristophanes' Lysistrata is one of the eleven plays penned by the playwright that has survived over time. The original performance of this production occurred in classical Athens reportedly in 411 BC

Lysistrata is considered a comedy; an account of one woman's unique goal and desire to end the Peloponnesian War. During the course of the play, Lysistrata is able to persuade the women of Greece to withhold any form of sexual satisfaction from their lovers and husbands as a tool designed to force the men to negotiate peace

This suggested strategy, however, incites the battle between the men and women. Because of the use of sex, issues raised with regard to gender, and addressing…. [read more]


Attitudes Towards Prostitution in the United States of America and the Netherlands Research Paper

… Prostitution: Attitudes in the U.S. with a look at the Netherlands

Order ID: Prostitution U.S./Netherlands

It doesn't even occur to me that prostitution should be illegal.

Young Woman, resident of Amsterdam (Weitzer 2011, p. 146)

Sexuality is something that is unique to each individual. It is something personal and something that is intrinsically linked with one's personal experiences and the mores by which they choose to live their life. In understanding this, it should be legal for individuals to be free to practice their sexuality in whatever ways they choose as long as they are not endangering someone else. Prostitution has been debated in nearly every single society and culture to differing degrees of acceptance or rejection (Valor-Segura & Moya 2011, p. 159) and it…. [read more]


Health and Human Sexuality Term Paper

… Most human development models correctly identify that the family is the primary matrix of identity formation. Research in almost every field has validated that the positive or negative adaptation of the individual is first and foremost created by the relationships within the family. In the case of self-esteem, we know, and understand that specific actions in the family build positive self-esteem, or harm the creation of the same. In the area of physical health similar nutritional variables have been identified, and no one argues about the existence of positive and negative physical growth curves. The same developmental assumptions should be applied to gender identity formation, and Elizur and Ziv give evidence for the needed change.

According to the authors, as GLB youth grow up, the…. [read more]


Attitudes Towards Marital Rape on College Campuses Essay

… The main finding was that 82.8 and 95.4% of male and female students, respectively, agreed or strongly agreed that marital rape should be prosecuted in the same way stranger rape is prosecuted (Auster and Leone 146). The difference in attitudes towards this issue was statistically significant between genders. When fraternity membership was examined, 87.5 and 74.3% of non-members and members, respectively, agreed or strongly agreed. Fraternity membership was also a statistically significant determinant of attitudes towards this issue. On the other hand, sorority membership status had no impact.

When the college students were asked about women forced to have sex with their husbands the vast majority, regardless of gender or sorority/fraternity membership, supported counseling (Auster and Leone 146). Two-thirds of the men and about four-fifths…. [read more]


Woman and Disabilities Term Paper

… Disabilities and Sexuality

Women with Disabilities & their Sexuality

People experienced striking transformations in their lives as soon as the modernization started. The changes were also witnessed in the associations between men and women leading to greater individual liberty and options not just in relationships but also in work place participation, greater open-mindedness toward sexual activities and equal relationships. Beforehand, customs and traditions curbed individual freedom and choice but later changes started taking place and so women realized their own importance and their attitudes not just in relationships but in workplace participation changed for better. Women became more open in their relationships with men instead of being subdued but among the fairer sex the plight of disabled women remained dismal particularly with respect to their…. [read more]


Issues in Sexuality Term Paper

… Of course not all popular news sources are entirely without value. The New York Times and other newspapers of record often have valuable information on the subject of a variety of culturally-related issues. While even popular sources of great repute cannot act as a substitute for peer-reviewed sources, they do not have to be automatically discounted, either.

In regards to this particular issue, neither source should be regarded as providing conclusive evidence that students are turning to the sex industry en masse to fund their educations. However, the issue does seem to warrant further study, given that it does seem clear that more and more students are struggling financially during and after college. The shift in attitude towards selling one's body for sex is itself…. [read more]


Gay and Lesbian Torture in Iraq and the International Human Rights Violations Term Paper

… Torture and Abuse of Gays and Lesbians in U.S. Occupied Iraq

The United States has always presented itself as a model of fairness and equality. A champion of human rights around the world, the American government is a signatory to wide range of treaties that guarantee equal protection and treatment for persons of diverse races, religions, creeds, and ethnic groups. The American government condemns gender bias, age discrimination, and prejudice against the physically and mentally disabled. So, when George W. Bush's original justification for the invasion of Iraq i.e. "anticipatory self-defense" collapsed, the President quickly substituted the idea of human rights. Yet, the new Iraq that is emerging after five years of often bloody U.S. occupation can hardly be described as a humanitarian paradise. Numerous…. [read more]


Gay Marriage Term Paper

… Brooks, Devon and Goldberg, Sheryl. "Gay and Lesbian Adoptive and Foster Care

Placements: Can They Meet the Needs of Waiting Children?" Social Work, Vol.

46, No. 2 (April 2001). Retrieved July 11, 2012 from:

http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/images/c/cb/Gay_and_lesbian_foster_parents.pdf

This source was an empirical analysis published in a peer-reviewed social work journal. It examined the issues associated with the advisability of increasing the access of same-sex couple applicants to children in need of foster homes in the U.S. The main contribution of this source to my thinking was to reinforce my impression that same-sex couples are as capable as their traditionally married counterparts of providing safe, loving homes for children in need.

Gates, Gary J. (2011). "How many people are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender?"

The Williams Institute --…. [read more]


Nagel's Sexual Perversions Term Paper

… It is from this perspective that he relates to his readers the specific weaknesses of exhibitionism or voyeurism. These, he says, are incomplete relationships. Gaining the ultimate satisfaction without any physical sexual attention from another person effectively short-circuits the psychological charge no matter whether a person tries by watching others or by expressing his or her sexual elements without allowing others to connect with them. It is interesting, however, that in making these points in his full discussion of the topic, Nagel uses an example of a hypothetical Romeo and Juliet connecting; they start their sexual fires through a mirror, what some might identify as the perfect tool for either exhibitionism or voyeurism. He, of course, assumes that his example is referring to just the…. [read more]


How Environment Influences Gender/Sexuality Essay

… Media’s long arms extend outside the walls and sanctuaries of traditional environments and cultures. Media are shaped by their own culture industry leaders, as the Frankfurt School put it. And so, as Kellner states, “radio, television, film, and the other products of media culture provide materials out of which we forge our very identities; our sense of selfhood; our notion of what it means to be male or female; our sense of class, of ethnicity and race, of nationality, of sexuality; and of ‘us’ and ‘them’” (7). Media can be the strongest force in one’s life determining and shaping one’s experience of gender and sexuality.

But if one who is exposed to media senses that the values propagated by that media and the experiences…. [read more]


Changing Attitudes Regarding Same-Sex Marriages Term Paper

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By 1977, the backlash associated with Anita Bryant and her attack on gay rights created the need to protect the gains already made. Then, in the early 1980s, AIDS struck the entire lesbian and gay community. Still, despite the fact that many anti-homosexual groups used AIDS to fuel their argument, the epidemic actually launched gay right activism, leading to a re-emergence of the same-sex marriage question. In the first place, AIDS blunted the adulation of multiple partners celebrated by both male gay culture and gay leaders in the 1970s. In addition, the AIDS epidemic encouraged closeted gays to come out publicly, creating a self-assured lesbian and gay community. With so many proud gays and lesbians, gays were no longer perceived as unloving, unstable and…. [read more]


Psychology Attitude Change and Persuasion Essay

… Physical looks play a large part in mate selection. Women tend to prefer men with nice facial features that include clear, unblemished skin and nice eyes. Because these features point toward good health, it is thought that these people have good genes. Women also favor men who have masculine appearances like a strong jaw, facial hair, broader shoulders, narrower hips, and a brawny build, because these point toward sufficient testosterone for fertility. When it comes to age, most women favor older guys who are smart, have elevated social status, and have wealth, because these point towards the fact that they have enough power to attain income that will be needed for survival. All these things come into contemplation as a woman proceeds to choose a…. [read more]


Sexuality Research Has Shown Essay

… The only way to reduce incidences of sexual dysfunction is to eliminate the patriarchal social structure. Patriarchal societies should no longer be normative.

In societies that discriminate against homosexuality, dysfunction might be linked to experiences of ridicule or violence. Those societies also need to reconsider their stance on human rights, because sexual dysfunction will persist as long as the path to sexual pleasure is blocked for people who prefer same-sex partners.

PART III

Parents play a role in everything from donating their children's DNA to developing that DNA into a fully functioning human being. It is critical for the child to have a supportive parent every step of the way. Parents only need to be sensitive to the unique needs of their children, as some…. [read more]


Human Population Thesis

… Human Population

World Overpopulation: The Rights of Humans vs. The Rights of Nature

Plan for Sustainability

Throughout history, different attitudes about the ideal interaction between humans and the earth have been standard. Traditionally, the biblical view that humans were dominant over the land drove many to believing the world was simply humankind's empty canvas. Throughout the middle ages, science began to move from an elementary to a more sophisticated state, and planetary and moon movements began to be documented accurately for the first time. Perhaps this first glimpse at the ability of humankind to explore nature using science shifted the thinking a bit, suggesting that nature could be observed by humankind, but not necessarily dominated. The industrial revolutions throughout Europe and the United States, however,…. [read more]


Attitudes and Values of High Term Paper

… They were participating in classroom discussions, going back over work they could not grasp, taking time to figure out schoolwork, and submitting homework on time. Moreover, most of these students are aware of entrance requirements for various colleges; they attended college presentations at their high schools. It was further learned that Hispanic immigrant students typically enrolled in lower level and basic math courses compared with European-American students who may be said to show greater discernment a propos the significance of mathematics.

As mentioned before, the results of studies sometimes throw skewed or contradictory light upon the topic in question. A survey prepared by Public Agenda, for instance, showed that higher education is seen as the means to the American dream by the American public; and…. [read more]


Human Potential Developing Essay

… Among the problems with this method of hiring individuals is that it made no place for employees to rise in the company, it also did not result in cohesive and effective departments. An individual can be an incredibly talent accountant however if they are prone to arguments and do not work well with others then ultimately their presence will be a disruption as opposed to an asset.

The question remained was it really necessary to understand the potentially employee as a whole human being because their inherent traits will ultimately guide their behavior and by extension their ability to fit into a situation or is it simply that the behavior an employee exhibits in the work place is a reflection of the situational environment thus…. [read more]


Sociology and Feminist Theories Term Paper

… Of particular interest to the casual observer are the differences in relational dynamics and social interaction and perception between African-Americans and white Americans. African-American societies are by far one of the most dominant societies in the U.S., and have also been subject to different stereotypes and stigmas that have been existing for many years.

In fact, racial and gender differences are the most common forms of stratification that society tends to look in an individual. In the case of the American experience, African-American males are perceived differently by society as compared to white American males and females, as well as African-American females. In Myra and David Sadker's article entitled, "The Miseducation of Boys: Changing the Script," the authors discuss the significance of race and gender…. [read more]


Gay and Lesbians Are Represented on TV Research Paper

… ¶ … gay and lesbians are represented on TV, and how homophobia is instilled by the Media (television).

Perception instilled by the TV on Gay and lesbians

Gays and lesbians have over the years viewed negatively by the general public, and some of these perceptions are fueled by the type of media coverage given to this group. Since public awareness of the existence of gay and lesbian community is still low, most of them are subjected to discriminatory practices and are viewed as outcasts. Gays and lesbians are experiencing discriminatory practices from all spheres of life.

Where the real problem lies

Gays and lesbians are a human being just like any other person, and this is not to say that they are different. We grew…. [read more]


Helping Kids and Teachers Not to Hate Research Proposal

… ¶ … Kids (and teachers) not to hate

Gender Identity/Roles and Sexual Orientation and Teachers of Young Children

In this article, the author discusses how teachers of young children can answer and address questions regarding sexual orientation and identity. The article suggests that these topics may arise through student questions and/or behavior, as well as questions raised by parents. Despite the fact that these questions are very common, the article suggests that some teachers are afraid to deal with these topics; they are concerned with parents' opinions, the community, and confusing a student, in addition to the possibility of harming a student by making that student think that it is only OK to have one type of sexual orientation. The article suggests reading literature, asking…. [read more]


Expectations of Each Gender in Comprehensive and Abstinence Only Education Thesis

… Sex Education

Gender Bias in Sex Education: A Review

During the 1920s, education began to be viewed as the cure-all for social problems. One of those social problems was a lack of correct sexual knowledge for school-age children and adolescents. Thus, "mandatory, state-sponsored" sex education was implemented (Carter 2001, p. 212). At first, teachers' lessons in sexuality were abstinence-based. Students were taught that sex before marriage was both immoral and dangerous. Furthermore, a fear of sexually transmitted disease became paramount among society, used as both a motivator for adolescent chastity and as a scapegoat for declining rates of procreation among whites and impetus for the increasing divorce rate among this population (Carter 2001, p. 212-214). Though it was always controversial, sexual education created even more…. [read more]


HIV and STD Behavior Interventional Strategies for Adolescents and Youths Term Paper

… HIV and STD Behavior Interventional Strategies for Adolescents and Youths

Teenage sex has been viewed as a social problem for some time, but the spread of HIV / AIDS in society has increased fears of what can happen if young people have unprotected sex. The prevalence of HIV among young people has been increasing, with some populations seen as more vulnerable than others, such as homeless youth and black and Hispanic youth. Programs have been developed to educate these young people, and studies of how effective such programs can be have been undertaken to see if they do work and to improve them if they do not.

Many researchers focus on family influences on adolescent sexual behavior, and communication between parents and their children about…. [read more]


Library Search Term Paper

… Abortion

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding abortion occurred in 1973: Roe vs. Wade. The Supreme Court decided that abortion in the U.S. is legal during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. The pregnant woman has the legal right to decide to keep or terminate her pregnancy. "The basis of the Court's decision in this case was the Ninth Amendment, in stating 'the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people,' protected a person's right to privacy" (Lewis, 1999).

Impact on Male and Female Sexuality

Abortion obviously takes the lives of young infants, but it can also ruin the lives of their mothers. Many women, post-abortion, experience great levels of depression. They realize…. [read more]


Teen Pregnancy Term Paper

… Teen Pregnancy -- Boston, MA

Teenage pregnancy is medically defined as a pregnancy in a woman who has not yet reached her 20th birthday. Legally, it has numerous definitions, depending upon the country and culture of origin. . This definition does not assume marriage, nor if the woman is legally an adult (depending on the country). Certainly over the years, the idea of pregnancy at an early age has undergone significant changes -- there were times when it was necessary for women to begin their childbearing years earlier due to demographics, lifespan, and other psychographical issues. In the modern, developed world, however, teenage pregnancy is associated with not only social issues, but of dramatic political, economic, and medical issues surrounding the mother, child, and family…. [read more]


Channels Are Focused Term Paper

… His father had just joined the conversation and was drunk. He spat out in front of everyone..."You all better keep your young boys away from my son, I think he is a faggot." Doug reports that the room went silent. Looking back on it now Doug realizes that the silence was because his father had made a drunken fool of himself and they felt bad for Doug. At the time however, Doug believed the silence was because his secret was out. He believed that they all saw him for what he was and were not pleased.

It was about a month later that Doug sought treatment for depression and anxiety. His counselor was the first person Doug told of his sexual orientation. When asked how…. [read more]


Same-Sex Marriage Term Paper

… ¶ … same-sex marriage. Specifically, it will discuss if same-sex marriage is a threat to family and national values, including who is threatened and why they feel threatened. Same-sex marriage is a contentious issue facing the states today. Some states have sanctioned same-sex marriages, while others have passed laws stating marriage must occur between a "man and woman" only. In a nation that prides itself on tolerance and democracy, banning same-sex marriages is not only irrational, it is intolerant and biased. Same-sex marriages should be available for gay and lesbian couples, they should be able to celebrate their commitment and enjoy the benefits of marriage.

Marriage is one of the oldest unions known to humankind. It is a celebration of commitment, love, and sharing, and…. [read more]


Homosexual Interview Term Paper

… A: Same here then: I didn't know I was "gay," because I didn't know what "straight" and "gay" were, either, when I was little.

Probably around the exact same time you were pretending you didn't like little girls I was pretending I didn't like little boys

(Laughs again). The difference is it became cool to like girls around fifth grade, right? Well, it never became "cool" for me to like guys. I had the same impulses and "crushes" that you did, only mine were toward other boys. I don't remember exactly how I knew that it was different or "wrong" but I knew even back

then it was something I couldn't tell anybody. And I thought I

was the only kid in the world with…. [read more]


Ideological Criticism Showtime's Drama Series the L Essay

… Ideological Criticism

Showtime's drama series the L Word, which ran from 2004 to 2009, features a cast of lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters, and has been lauded for its representations of non-heterosexual individuals and relationships. The relative dearth of complex lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) characters on contemporary television means that the L Word constitutes one of the few places where the public can see these kinds of characters represented with the sort of depth and complexity usually reserved for heterosexual leads. However, just because the L Word makes a point to include homosexual, bisexual, and transgender characters, this does not mean that it treats them equally. In fact, instead of presenting homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender people as discrete points on an otherwise broad…. [read more]


Spread of HIV / AIDS Has Highlighted Essay

… ¶ … spread of HIV / AIDS has highlighted how sexuality is at the intersection of biological and social forces. How has the HIV / AIDS epidemic contributed to the production of certain sexualized social categories and identities? How have different categories of risk been constructed and what have been the consequences of these constructions? How has the HIV / AIDS epidemic transformed gender and/or sexual relations?

The HIV / AIDS epidemic has been an ongoing and relentless expression of the fusion of social forces and biological realities. The biological realities form the underlying science of the epidemic. The transmission of the disease occurs predominantly through sexual contact which is a socialized biological experience. Thus the resultant is the defining and describing of the disease…. [read more]

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