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What Is Sex? Sexual Attitudes in the United States Sexual Orientation Pornography Sexual Harassment Prostitution Teenage Pregnancy Abortion Sexually Transmitted Diseases Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Sexuality Politics and Sexuality: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions Going On From Here


After reading CHAPTER EIGHT, the student should be able to:
  1. Recognize how cultural values and attitudes impact on sexual activity.
  2. Discuss the factors that contributed to the sexual revolution and its impact on sexual activity in the U.S. since the 1960s.
  3. Explain how the research of Kinsey and Masters and Johnson contributed to the transformation of human sexuality from the “sacred, to the secular, to the profane.”
  4. Compare and contrast heterosexuality with homosexuality, bisexuality, and asexuality.
  5. Identify the factors that shape one’s sexual orientation.
  6. Identify the factors that have contributed to homosexuality being defined as a social problem.
  7. Trace the history of the gay rights movement and discuss its impact on the growing tolerance for gay men and lesbians.
  8. Explain the reasons for opposition to pornography by both liberals and conservatives in the United States.
  9. Identify the forms that sexual harassment may take and the impact that U.S. Supreme Court decisions have had on what constitutes harassment today.
  10. Identify the various types of prostitutes that comprise “the world’s oldest profession.”
  11. Identify the costs of teenage pregnancy and discuss what might be done to address this problem.
  12. Discuss the factors that make abortion perhaps the most divisive issue involving sexuality in the United States today.
  13. Identify the most common sexually transmitted diseases and discuss the part that the danger of STDs has played in the sexual counterrevolution, discouraging casual sex.
  14. Apply the three major sociological paradigms to the issues of sexuality.
  15. Identify the issues relating to sexuality from the conservative, liberal, and radical points of view.

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