The Importance Of Sexuality In Mass Media

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Our sexuality is a part of who we are, just as our religion, culture, beliefs, traditions, and ethnicity all add up to make us who we are so does our sexuality. Without our sexuality we would be missing a part of us. So if our sexuality is an important aspect of what makes us who we are why do our culture and or religion taboo this part of us? When our Founding Father of psychology, Sigmund Freud introduced his psychosexual developmental stages and talked about our sexual drives he was rejected and criticized and rejected by many for touching upon this topic (Hogan, 1982). It’s hard to understand why our sexuality isn’t widely accepted as being a part of us like other things are. There shouldn’t be anything shameful of expressing our sexuality. …show more content…
Before a lot of sexual words were censored in the radio, television, magazines, and other forms of media (Thornhill & Gangestad, 1996). A lot of individuals from all cultures turned to mass media for human sexuality information and education. Now it seems like those who once hid sexuality from us are having a hard time keeping up and letting a lot more sexual things leak through mass media. What is so unfortunate about this is that we are letting mass media still do the majority of sexuality teaching which excludes things like masturbation, gay and lesbian sexuality, and erotic marital interactions, which all play an important role in human sexuality (Thornhill & Gangestad, …show more content…
Homosexuality is something that is beginning to open up slowly, but in ancient Greece homosexuality was completely out of the closet. The Greek didn’t see sexual orientation as a social identifier. The role each participant played in the sex act was what distinguished them and not their gender (Barclay, 2014). There was the active and the passive partner. The active/passive role was associated with masculinity while the passive role was associated with femininity. In Egypt Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs would practice public masturbation. They also believed that the ebb and flow of the Nile was caused by Atum’s ejaculation, which is the god of creation (Barclay, 2014). Egyptian pharaohs would ritually masturbate into the Nile to ensure an abundance of water. The self-stimulation inspired Egyptians and in the festival of the god Min (represented the Pharaoh’s sexual potency) they masturbated in public (Barclay, 2014). Then there’s the Trobrianders, a tribe located in Papua, New Guinea, where kids start having sex at the age of six. Girls and boys are said to want sex so badly in this tribe that they start having sex at a very young age. Girls are usually 6-8 and boys 10-12 and there is no social stigma attached to (Barclay, 2014). Premarital sex is highly

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