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  • 1. Chapter 6: Social Influences on Sexuality Samantha Erwin Women‟s Health 7/14/13
  • 2. Accepting Ourselves  Everyone grows up seeing the „perfect‟ person in the media.  Children and adults need to realize that that person is not real.  The first step to growing up and excelling is accepting yourself.
  • 3. How you see yourself!  Adolescence is the prime age of judging ones self.  We often look in the mirror an see something different from what others see.  If we do not see ourselves in a positive light, it can greatly effect our emotional and mental wellbeing.  This state of mind can ultimately lead to different health risks. (bulimia, anorexia)
  • 4. Changing your mind.  Every time a negative thought arises about yourself write it down, then proceed to write it in a positive way.  For every negative thing you think about yourself there is always a positive counter thought.
  • 5. Overcoming negative thoughts!  Training in self assertion, don‟t let anyone (even yourself) say something negative about you.  Beginning to overcome fear, slowly wean yourself into your fear and eventually you will overcome it  Testing reality, if there is a judgmental person around don‟t be afraid to be yourself.  Do things that please yourself, take time to relax each day and get your mind on the right track.
  • 6. Exercise  Exercise is one of the most positive things you can do for your bodies.  Consistent exercise is extremely good for a person.  But exercise can also be self destructive (people become obsessed with exercising)
  • 7. Don‟t focus on the scale!  People concentrate on the number on the scale too much.  Starvation, people will see a number they don‟t like and stop eating.  Not eating when hungry is an up and coming issue, either people eat too much or too little (ignoring the bodies natural capacity for food)
  • 8. THE MEDIA
  • 9. Continued……  Women are shown as perfect models in the media.  They are made into these „ideal body images‟ which cause many girls to strive for something that is unattainable.  This is what causes shyness, body distortion, low self esteem, eating disorders, and anxiety.
  • 10. Celibacy  Today is meant as a term to describe not having sexual relations with anyone for a certain period of time.  This in some cases even include that person.  Celibacy is linked in many cases with religious beliefs or cultural emphasis.
  • 11. Asexuality  A type of sexual orientation.  Not having any type of urge to have any type of sexual relations with anyone.  Same emotional needs as people, just with out the sexual drive.
  • 12. Virginity  A virgin is a term used in todays society for someone who has not had sexual intercourse.  There is no scientific way to determine if someone is a virgin.  Social pressure is put on young girls to partake in sexual intercourse.
  • 13. “Quote”  “In other words, accepting and liking our own appearance is a healthy state of mind because it helps us feel content with ourselves and with our lives.”  This quote is inspirational and should be shown to every young girl growing up, it is something to live by.
  • 14. Discussion question?!  Should the media be able to advertise and idealize these „perfect‟ women to young adolescent girls?
  • 15. Work Cited!  Boston Women‟s Health Collective, Our Bodies, Our Selves, 1971