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  1. 1. Chapter 6: Social Influences on Sexuality Samantha Erwin Women‟s Health 7/14/13
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. THE MEDIA
  9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. Discussion question?!  Should the media be able to advertise and idealize these „perfect‟ women to young adolescent girls?
  15. 15. Work Cited!  Boston Women‟s Health Collective, Our Bodies, Our Selves, 1971