Sexuality is a state of being, a
way of experiencing and giving
pleasure to ourselves and
others.
Understanding
the social and
personal
influences on
on our
sexuality can
help us claim
our right to
pleasure
Examples of
i...
WOMEN GROWING UP
• Females learn at a young age to
that we are supposed to make
ourselves beautiful and sexy in
order to b...
STEREOTYPES
• Media images and messages often reinforce
stereotypes about sexuality.
• Racism, which often limits represen...
COMMON STEREOTYPES
• Lesbians- aggressive man-haters
• Bisexuals- promiscuous, because they refuse to
be boxed into an eit...
• We often see
ourselves through
the eyes of others
• Popular images
lessen respect for
individual
uniqueness and
cause ha...
POWER
Power differences often play out in sex. Though a
partner may not acknowledge or even feel that there
is a power dif...
• Many women
experience or witness
abuse, most often
from men, but also
from women.
• Childhood sexual
abuse, rape, sexual...
Celibacy- choosing not
to marry, or more
common today,
choosing not to have
sex with a partner for
a certain period of
tim...
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  1. 1. Sexuality is a state of being, a way of experiencing and giving pleasure to ourselves and others.
  2. 2. Understanding the social and personal influences on on our sexuality can help us claim our right to pleasure Examples of influences: • Government policies • Religion • Media images • Violence • Stereotypes SOCIAL INFLUENCES
  3. 3. WOMEN GROWING UP • Females learn at a young age to that we are supposed to make ourselves beautiful and sexy in order to become objects of boys desire; but not to enjoy our bodies or have desires ourselves. • Fears are often instilled in females‟ minds by a culture that sees sexuality as dangerous and dirty “ Particularly for girls, there is pressure coming from two opposite ends: the pressure to „lose it‟ and the pressure to lose it „in the right way. I don‟t think guys feel
  4. 4. STEREOTYPES • Media images and messages often reinforce stereotypes about sexuality. • Racism, which often limits representations of color, exacerbates such as stereotypes. • Stereotypes can also arise from sexism and general fear of difference.
  5. 5. COMMON STEREOTYPES • Lesbians- aggressive man-haters • Bisexuals- promiscuous, because they refuse to be boxed into an either-or definition of sexual attraction • Trans people- confused, hypersexual or deceitful • Those open with sexuality and sexual desires- „sluts‟
  6. 6. • We often see ourselves through the eyes of others • Popular images lessen respect for individual uniqueness and cause harsh personal judgment • Acceptance that comes from within can be the most satisfying • Getting to where we can block out the damaging messages frees us to love ourselves and patterns more freely BODY IMAGE
  7. 7. POWER Power differences often play out in sex. Though a partner may not acknowledge or even feel that there is a power differential, such privileges can surface in sex, resulting in the following responses.. • Feeling that you should have sex when your partner wants to, whether you're in the mood or not. • Feeling that you should have orgasms to validate your partner • Feeling that you shouldn't use protection if it interferes with your partners pleasure (leaving you unprotected from STI‟s) • Either feeling that you should take care of birth control, that you shouldn't‟t use birth control at all if your partner doesn't‟t want you to
  8. 8. • Many women experience or witness abuse, most often from men, but also from women. • Childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexual harassment, homophobic attacks, and battering in the home can affect an individuals sexual life. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
  9. 9. Celibacy- choosing not to marry, or more common today, choosing not to have sex with a partner for a certain period of time Some couples choose celibacy together to strengthen other aspects of their relationship Asexuality- lack of interest in sex experienced by about one percent of people This is a sexual orientation, not a dysfunction Asexuals are still able to have intimate relationships CELIBACY AND ASEXUALITY
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