Reflections on Learning Essay example

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Discoveries Through Learning I came into the program knowledgeable on the complex intricacies of sexual interactions and sexuality because of my own independent research on the topic. I had never, however, learned the basics of sexuality. In my undergraduate and graduate programs, the students in liberal arts majors were prohibited from taking human sexuality courses due to the overwhelming number of science students that needed the course as a pre-requisite. My English Education degree, unfortunately, did not afford me the opportunity to delve into my passion. Thankfully, HSED 592 gave me the proper introduction to human sexuality by teaching basic anatomy and providing a sexuality lens. One of the pieces of simple sexual anatomy …show more content…
What I discovered in HSED 592, however, affected me in a way I had a hard time handling. For the past three years I’ve been a top-selling distributor and recruiter for a worldwide sex toy business. I found my niche in sexual education, researching and becoming knowledgeable on many things in the field of sex and sexuality. Surrounding myself by like-minded and like-experienced individuals, I grew accustomed to a non-repressed sex-positive environment. I learned quickly that the other members in my HSED 592 class did not share my background, which incited emotionally charged reactions towards my colleagues. After watching our first round of SARS videos, I was shocked by the responses. For ten minutes we were exposed to picture after picture of the female vulva, then afterwards, we watched Betty Dodson’s Viva La Vulva (D Dyson, HSED 592 lecture, September 14, 2010). The overwhelming feedback from the two films were the expressed uncomfortable feelings surrounding seeing a vulva up close. Kelly Gainor writes in response to the class, “ Even after the first person said they hated it, I figured someone else would say something positive.... But everyone started to bash the video” (Gainor 2010). I feel that this bashing came from a place of insecurity and shame surrounding the female genitalia, which is not the response I was expecting from sexually liberal, educated

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