Human Sexuality : A Social And Political Analysis Essay

1006 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
For the greater part of the twentieth century, human sexuality was largely ignored as it was a focus of social research and reflection. Naturalist sexologists like Havelock Ellis recorded histories of reactions to sexuality but did little to explain why and how sexuality shaped human societies. On the other hand, sexologists who embraced the meta-theoretical approach like Ken Plummer fell short when it came to empirical evidence, because they relied too heavily on their theoretical constructs which were derived from psychodynamic or Neo-Freudian theory. Only in the recent years has this marginalization of sexuality has begun a social and political analysis. Weeks argues that the historical approach to sexuality is to understand it as product of shifting historical circumstance rather than biology or nature. He argued that sexuality has to be understood as a complex set of social practices that change over time and that it gains significance for history because the way it has shaped and embedded in social life. The basic nature of sexual desire is considered normal or deviant have been debated throughout history. Sexuality has to be understood as a complex set of social practices that change over time. Weeks argues that the historical approach to sexuality is to understand it as product of shifting historical circumstance rather than biology or nature. Exploring ones sexuality was not always an easy task. At first, sexuality may seem to exist predominantly in our organs,…

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