Internet Dominating Our Sexuality?

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Is The Internet Dominating Our Sexuality? We live in a society and generation that strives for perfection. We need to have the perfect car, house, clothing and above all else the perfect body. Men and women both face scrutiny for not having the “ideal body”. For women they must have big breasts, and a bottom, but with a thin hourglass figure whereas men must be built and muscular with abs chiseled to perfection. However all of these ideals come at a cost, and some individuals will do whatever it takes to fit these ideals and look physically appealing. Some women starve themselves to fit into a double zero pants size, and some men turn to steroids to increase their muscles. We crave these unnatural bodies and beauty so a man or women will want …show more content…
In the textbook “Gender, Ideas, Interactions, and Institutions” written by Lisa Wade and Myra Marx Ferree they bring up the idea of a “hookup culture” which is becoming a new norm to college students. Students go out to a party, get drunk and have hookups. However, no matter how meaningless some hookups might be at the time, social media and the internet seem to overpower that quick feeling of lust and turn it into a feeling of shame and guilt. Wade and Ferree say “Since there have been colleges, there have been hookups, but hookup culture is new. The difference is crucial: It’s difference between a campus on which some people have casual sex and a campus on which casual sex is the most visible and widely embraced approach to sexuality” (Wade, Ferree 237). Growing up in a generation that promotes sexuality but also degrades it it is very confusing. In an article titled “Adolescent sexuality and the media” it says “Adolescents use the media as sources of information about sex, drugs, AIDS, and violence as well as to learn how to behave in relationships” (Adolescent). If an adolescent is receiving mixed messages about sex and sexuality than the only way they can go out and receive answers is to find out on their own. Unfortunately we are seeing more and more sexual objectivity and assault mainly on young women. The media and the internet are …show more content…
This is important because media is attracting the attention of the younger users and viewers, which is ultimately where these individuals are getting their information. Many people will argue that because they saw an article or picture on facebook that the information must be true without even consulting another person. The media is also good at showing the “do’s” and “don’ts” for males and females along with who is deemed as attractive or not. In “Gender, Ideas, Interactions, and Institutions” by Ferree and Wade they say “this asymmetric emphasis on women’s appearance suggests that, at least in the abstract, women’s value in the erotic marketplace is less tied than men’s to who they are and what they do, and more tied to how they look” (Wade, Ferree 226). Unfortunately what it comes down to is a person’s physical

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