The Cross-Cultural Theories Of Sexuality And Sexual Selves

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Sexuality & Sexual Selves Sexuality and sexual selves are very broad terms which are comprised of many elements entwined within biology, sexual identity, gender, sexual subjectivity as well as socio-cultural aspects. Sexuality in itself is a basic human right which constitutes daily life and can include a series of components which establishes such beliefs and conceptualisations. This phenomenon can be understood, experienced and expressed in widespread forms, cross-culturally. Notions of a sexual self can be fashioned by biology and personal experience, however it is important to consider that these experiences and understandings can derive from wider, socially defined notions of sexual behaviour and gender too. Drawing from cross-cultural…show more content…
As Plante (2007, p.33) notes, components of the sexual self includes certain levels of sexual experience, emotional memories, sexual pleasure in addition to the perception of one’s body parts as healthy and desirable. However, it is shown by Stein (2007, p .103) that once individuals are in the process of forming sexual identities, this sense of self is least already partly formed from the use available accounts, or repertoires of meaning, to make sense of this self. And these personal accounts or subjective images are considered to be historical constructions. There is emphasis on such accounts being drawn from ones’ own beliefs, perceptions, physical and biological capabilities, cognitive and emotional development, in addition to evolving desires and needs, and how these are effectively influenced by socio-cultural factors (Plante 2007). Therefore the notion of a sexual self can be defined as something which is fluid and complex which consists of various forms of self-relevant knowledge, beliefs and perceptions that one holds for themselves which Plante (2007, p.32) evaluates as being a product of concepts on a spectrum of private and public, personal and the political, the individual and the…show more content…
Escoffier (2007, p.77) states that sexual scripts of everyday life are elaborated by the person engaging in sex through an interplay of their intrapsychic and interactive/inter-personal scripts as well as through cultural scenarios predetermined by social ideologies. This is further expressed by Kimmel’s (2007) belief that this symbolic interaction to argue that the complex social, formation of sexuality through practices, behaviours, fantasies and identities develops at three levels or out of interaction among three meaning systems which are the intrapsychic scripts, inter-personal scripts, and socio-cultural scripts. To continue, it is understood that the intrapsychic scripts are those internalised cultural expectations that motivate fantasy, arousals, sexual desires, and behaviours, while inter-personal scripts are the meaning systems emergent in the process of social interaction, and lastly the socio-cultural scripts are those which establish the normative guidelines given by the culture which influence intrapsychic and interpersonal scripts (Kimmel, 2007; Plante, 2007; Seal and Ehrhardt, 2003). Effectively, these sexual scripts dictate decision making, communication, negotiation and behaviour involving human sexual encounters (Seal & Ehrhardt 2003, p.
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