Sex, Sexuality, And Sexuality Essay

1437 Words May 19th, 2016 null Page
The teenage years are a very important and influential time in a person’s life. It is during these years that an adolescent’s perception of sex, sexuality, and what is considered ‘normal’ is often times influenced by the sexual education they receive. The sexual education program commonly taught to students is abstinence, occasionally coupled with education about safe, heteronormative sex. However, the information provided is often incomplete, not presenting students with all aspects of sexuality and the realities of sex. The way sex is perceived can be determined by the way we talk to children about sex.
I was interested in examining how the sexual education people were given as adolescents and how the education affected their understanding of sexuality both during their youth and as an adult. I conducted my ethnographic research using a survey/ questionnaire in which I asked people if they had received sexual education, either formal or from their parents, and how the education they received affected their ideas and perception of sex and sexuality. I obtained 36 responses to the survey from people of varying ethnicities between the ages of 18 and 25. When I originally started my research, I thought different ethnicities would provide significantly different results, but I was wrong. The ethnicities of the participants are as follows: 8 White, 23 Asian, 1 Middle Eastern, and 3 Latinos. Despite the varying backgrounds, ethnicities, and upbringings of the participants, most…

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