HLT 200-01H Online Dr. Esther Benoit The Early History of Human Sexuality
What is Sexuality? <ul><li>Only humans… </li></ul><ul><li>An area of life that can be contradictory and confusing </li></u...
Early Evolution and Sexuality <ul><li>Evolution to upright posture </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on breasts and clitoris (fem...
Early Civilizations in the Ancient Mediterranean <ul><li>Three cultures from the ancient Mediterranean have had a major in...
Hebraic Culture <ul><li>Bible contains explicit rules about sexual behavior including adultery, incest and same sex interc...
Greece <ul><li>More sexually permissive  </li></ul><ul><li>The Pederasty </li></ul><ul><li>Platonic Love </li></ul><ul><li...
Rome <ul><li>Marriage and sex as a means to an end </li></ul><ul><li>Permissive behaviors toward same-sex sexual behaviors...
Sexuality in Ancient Asia <ul><li>India (400 B.C.) </li></ul><ul><li>China (200 B. C.) </li></ul>
India <ul><li>Hinduism and Kharma </li></ul><ul><li>Patriarchal Social System </li></ul><ul><li>Female Infanticide </li></...
China <ul><li>Yin and Yang </li></ul><ul><li>Sex Manuals </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on Female Orgasm </li></ul><ul><li>Sam...
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  1. 1. HLT 200-01H Online Dr. Esther Benoit The Early History of Human Sexuality
  2. 2. What is Sexuality? <ul><li>Only humans… </li></ul><ul><li>An area of life that can be contradictory and confusing </li></ul>Attribution: Illustration from photograph © 1999 Greg Reeder
  3. 3. Early Evolution and Sexuality <ul><li>Evolution to upright posture </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on breasts and clitoris (female) </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on penis/phallus (men) </li></ul>Image: Jose-Manuel Benitos (CC BY-SA 3.0)
  4. 4. Early Civilizations in the Ancient Mediterranean <ul><li>Three cultures from the ancient Mediterranean have had a major influence on modern Western sexuality: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hebraic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roman (500 B.C. - 700 A.D.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greek (1000-200 B.C.) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Hebraic Culture <ul><li>Bible contains explicit rules about sexual behavior including adultery, incest and same sex intercourse </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew attitudes form the basis for modern views on sexuality in the West </li></ul>
  6. 6. Greece <ul><li>More sexually permissive </li></ul><ul><li>The Pederasty </li></ul><ul><li>Platonic Love </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage and heterosexual relationships </li></ul>Image Source: ChristianBier(CC BY-SA 3.0)
  7. 7. Rome <ul><li>Marriage and sex as a means to an end </li></ul><ul><li>Permissive behaviors toward same-sex sexual behaviors </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sexuality in Ancient Asia <ul><li>India (400 B.C.) </li></ul><ul><li>China (200 B. C.) </li></ul>
  9. 9. India <ul><li>Hinduism and Kharma </li></ul><ul><li>Patriarchal Social System </li></ul><ul><li>Female Infanticide </li></ul><ul><li>The Kama Sutra </li></ul><ul><li>Arranged Marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Sati </li></ul>Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
  10. 10. China <ul><li>Yin and Yang </li></ul><ul><li>Sex Manuals </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on Female Orgasm </li></ul><ul><li>Same sex relationships as a waste of sperm </li></ul><ul><li>Primitive sex toys </li></ul><ul><li>Polygamy </li></ul>Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
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