The terms gender and sexuality are can get mistaken for one or the other. Gender refers to the social term that is given to a specific sex. Gender is typically either female or male. The term sexuality refers to people’s sexual interest or desires to other people. Different types of sexuality are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, and other types. Gender and sexuality can be used to identify their sexuality, communication with others, and learn how to find a community of people that are alike.
What is the first word that comes to your mind when I say the word “sex?” Sex for me is when two people have intercourse. You don’t necessarily have to be in love to have sex. Many people enjoy having sex with other people, because it feels good, or they just want to procreate. According to Auleb, in the class reader “Human Sexuality”, he states “Sex has more than one definition and can be used in many contexts.” Sex can mean multiple connotations to different people. People can think your asking them their gender when you ask them what the word sex means to them, or they can be talking about their vagina or penis. On the other hand, the word sexuality for me means that you have the power to feel sexual, and that is your sexuality. Many people don’t have a sexual side to them, because they don’t really like talking about the word sex, or the word sexuality. According to Auleb, Sexuality means “the quality of possessing a sexual character or potency, although some individuals’ sexuality may encompass little to no sexual behaviors”. Sexual identity is a very important word to understand. For me sexual identity means what gender you see yourself as, or who you are sexually attracted too. I believe sexual identity can be a
Throughout Western civilization, culturally hegemonic views on gender and sexuality have upheld a rigid and monolithic societal structure, resulting in the marginalization and dehumanization of millions of individuals who differ from the expected norm. Whether they are ridiculed as freaks, persecuted as blasphemers, or discriminated as sub-human, these individuals have been historically treated as invisible and pushed into vulnerable positions, resulting in cycles of poverty and oppression that remain prevalent even in modern times. Today, while many of these individuals are not publicly displayed as freaks or persecuted under Western law, women, queer, and intersexed persons within our society still nonetheless find themselves under constant
The Merriam- Webster definition for the term, “Transgender,” is defined as, “ of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity differs from the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth; especially of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is opposite the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth. Such a term has been coined since the 1980’s as a way to give meaning to a new, and unknown spectrum in which many felt threatened by. The rise of a new and intricate community, sparked confusion and ignorance for those who felt as if their beliefs both theologically and biologically speaking, were challenged. As a society that has relied heavily on the notion that only two sexes/ genders were created or existed because the, “man & woman,” need one another for the sake of reproduction, we have allowed
In the article “An Anthropological Look at Human Sexuality” the authors, Patrick Gray and Linda Wolfe speak about how societies look at human sexuality. The core concept of anthology is the idea of culture, the systems of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors people acquire as a member of society. The authors give an in depth analysis on how human sexuality is looked at in all different situations.
Gender-identity is a person’s perception or identification of their gender, which does not always correspond with their physically gender assigned at birth. Some men identity as women, and some women identify as men. Some people believe they aren’t meant to be either gender; in this case they can identify as genderless, bigender, genderqueer, or whatever they choose. People who don’t identify with their assigned gender and identify as another are often times discriminated against. Some people don’t agree with people changing their gender because it wasn’t the way God intend them to be, and it isn’t natural. However, in this day and age, it has become more common to identify with a different gender and change your gender complete. Some people are very against this, while some people continue to fight for their gender identity rights.
Human Sexuality and Gender Differences The following research is a study of gender differences in selecting romantic partners. The goal of the study was to determine if males and females place different values on characteristics of the opposite sex, while selecting a romantic partner. To research this situation, surveys were distributed at random to both males and females. The survey asked these people to rank features they felt influenced their decision in selecting romantic partners. Through analysis of the surveys, it has discovered that men and women are more similar then expected.
Typically, it is understood that men are people with male bodies, and women are people with female bodies. However, these lines can get blurred when one’s gender identity does not coincide with their sex. An example of this is a transgender person, a person whose gender identity does not match their biological sex.
Sex and gender often are compared to be similar to each other. Sex is defined either of the two main categories (male and female) into which humans and many other living things are divided on the basis of their reproductive functions. On the other hand, gender is the state of being masculine or feminine (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones). One person in today’s society is “Caitlyn Jenner” who is a prime example of gender and sex because
The double standard of aging is, as women get older they are seen as less useful, less attractive, you could even say “washed up”. Whereas, men are seen as mentally and financially stable, wise and powerful. Society see’s women as this “young spring chicken” who can do anything, take care of others, create life; typically young women are seen as sexier, more fun and livelier. As women age, they are portrayed as mean, boring, not as sexy, or even useless. On the other hand, society sees men as they age as strong, powerful, sexier, and even wiser; typically younger men are seen as immature, broke, and useful for great sex as “they are in their prime”. This is what the double standard of aging looks like. This is also how the unwritten rule of