Sex is undoubtedly on your mind. So don't you want a human sexuality text that reflects your life situation and answers your questions? Loaded with information that students like you want and need to learn, this text hits the mark as it addresses concerns that students have about themselves with scientific fact, sensitivity, and humor. Going beyond simply providing a foundation in sexuality's biology and psychology, SEXUALITY NOW: EMBRACING DIVERSITY connects with you by exploring contemporary issues, changing sexual practices and behaviors, and their impact on your life. Complemented by informative visuals, the book covers the fluidity of gender and sexual orientation and takes into account the diverse contexts of today's students. The result is an eye-opening discussion about sexuality that enables you to understand more about yourself -- and what's going on around you.
Invite participants to reflect on the Julia Sweeney video, the Miller poem you used as a chalice lighting, the reading from the human sexuality textbook, and the two quotes from Scarleteen. Post the Reflection questions. Say that you will read them aloud and that, when you finish, you will invite participants to respond, one at a time, as they are moved, to any question or questions that speak deeply to them.
Three performers dressed with Colombian flag colors dance in Bogota, Colombia, as part of a city project to promote human rights and sexual diversity. Source. Photograph by William Fernando Martinez. Printed with permission of AP Photo.
The Feb. 21 demo was part of the popular (really!) class taught by Prof. John Michael Bailey, the Sun-Times is reporting. More than 600 students take the class, which the course description says "will treat human sexuality as a subject for scientific inquiry," reports WBBM.
Sizeable health inequalities by race [1, 2], gender [3, 4] and class  have been recorded in Canada. Consistent with traditional sociological understandings of social inequality, these axes of inequality have for the most part been considered individually, with researchers only considering potential interconnectedness when investigating whether class mediates associations between race and health or gender and health. Whether class influences health differently for visible minority Canadians and White Canadians or race influences health differently for men and women, for example, has not yet been investigated. When statistical interactions such as these have received analytical attention - for example, whether class influences health differently for Canadian men and women  - they have not been adequately theorized. Intersectionality theory, an influential theoretical tradition inspired by the feminist and antiracist traditions, demands that inequalities by race, gender, and class (and sexuality as well) be considered in tandem rather than distinctly. This is because these fundamental axes of inequality in contemporary societies are considered to be intrinsically entwined; they mutually constitute and reinforce one another and as such cannot be disentangled from one another. Intersectionality theory presents a new way of understanding social inequalities that possesses potential to uncover and explicate previously unknown health inequalities. This paper describes the results of an original empirical investigation of the degree to which the self-rated health of Canadians varies by race, gender, class, and/or sexual orientation in ways that are consistent with predictions of intersectionality theory. The remainder of this background section describes some of the central principles of this theoretical tradition followed by a description of the analytical strategy used to apply these principles in an empirical investigation of inequalities in self-rated health in Canada.
The Kinsey Reports are two scholarly books on human sexual behavior, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), written by Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy, Clyde Martin, and (for Sexual Behavior in the Human Female) Paul Gebhard and published by W.B. Saunders. The two best-selling books were immediately controversial, both within the scientific community and the general public, because they challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and discussed subjects that had previously been taboo. The validity of Kinsey's methods were also called into question. Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana University and the founder of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction (more widely known as the Kinsey Institute).
Parts of the Kinsey Reports regarding diversity in sexual orientations are frequently used to support the common estimate of 10% for homosexuality in the general population. Instead of three categories (heterosexual, bisexual and homosexual), a seven-point Kinsey scale system was used.
Strong, Bryan & DeVault, Christine. (1997). Chapter 1, Perspectives on human sexuality. In Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America (pp. 8-35). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company. (Questions from this reading will be used for first paper assignment).
Greenberg, Jerrold S., Bruess, Clint E., & Haffner, Debra W. (2000). Sexual communication. In Greenberg, Bruess, & Haffner (authors), Exploring the dimensions of human sexuality (pp. 70-95). Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Most Western societies have no direct correlation for this tradition, nor for the many other communities without strict either/or conceptions of sex, sexuality, and gender. Worldwide, the sheer variety of gender expression is almost limitless. Take a tour and learn how other cultures see gender diversity.
We believe that an organization that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion creates an environment that respects and values individual difference along varying dimensions. In addition, inclusive organizations foster cultures that minimize bias and recognize and address systemic inequities, which, if unaddressed, can create disadvantage for certain individuals. This is not a human resources issue, it is a strategic issue. These efforts should be reflected in organizational mission, vision, and values; incorporated into strategic plans; and cascaded throughout the organization.
WGS 205 Sexualities and Social Issues. 3 credit hours. An examination of the diversity of sexuality and related social issues in the United States and globally. Topics include culture, history, law, mass media, politics, and religion. Gen Ed E-6. Cross-listed as SOC 205.
WGS 308 Trans Studies. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or 105 (B) or HON 102. Introduction to emerging field of Trans Studies through exploration of Trans history, identities, experiences, politics, and culture in the contemporary U.S. Credit will not be awarded for WGS 308 and WGS 300 Special Topics: Intersexuality & Transsexuality.
WGS 311 Biology of Sex. 3 credit hours. Fundamental principles related to human sexual reproduction. Structure, function, control, and coordination of the human reproductive system. Problems associated with fertility, sexuality, birth control, STDs, and human population will be discussed. Cross-listed as BIO 305.
WGS 592 Human Sexuality. 3 credit hours. Study of the biological, social, and psychological aspects of human sexuality. Directed primarily toward those individuals in situations which require them to assist others in understanding the broad impact of one's sexuality. Emphasis is placed upon student development of logical and reasoned justifications for their own value system. Cross-listed as HEA 592/792.
This course is designed to provide students with a solid introduction to human sexuality with an emphasis on sexual health issues. Through classroom lectures, as well as weekly smaller group meetings, students should gain both the knowledge and skills that will help to empower them to make better decisions about their sexual health practices and relationships. Fundamentals of human sexuality will be presented including: the myriad of influences that shape our sexuality, with particular emphasis on gender development, sexual orientation, health issues of the sexual female and male body, enhancements and inhibitors to sexual response, and enhancing sexual relationships. Specific sexual health issues will also be focused upon, including: unintended pregnancy, contraceptive methods, sexual assault, sexually transmitted infections, HIV disease, and safer sex strategies. Facilitated small group work will allow students to practice critical thinking, communication, and decision making skills through structured interactive activities. We are committed to creating a vibrant learning environment in this class.
This study adds to our understanding of diverse human sexual expression. Findings may inform mental and physical health clinicians in ways that improve their practices. Stereotypes that suggest men are uninterested in kissing, cuddling, or other forms of romance may also be challenged by these and other data that demonstrate the value of romantic and affection behaviors to both women and men . Clinicians in various settings working with adults in the U.S. can better meet the needs of their clients by being more aware of the diversity of sexual practices across the lifespan.
A further difficulty with discussing sexuality and gender vis-à-vis Islam, or indeed any religion, is that terms such as sexuality and gender are inherently modern and were developed long after understandings of religion were culturally and politically enshrined. As such, particular understandings of the categories of woman and man within scripture exist in a state where interrogation is not possible. If Muhammad were alive today, he would have linguistic tools available to him to talk about sexuality and gender in a much more nuanced way. To thus discuss LGBT subject positions within Islam, given that Islam was largely developed before words like gender and sexuality were invented, is difficult. Nevertheless, such discussion is warranted and fruitful and shows that while many interpretations of Islam seek to vilify LGBT, many aspects of Islam and its practice are inclusive of sexual and gender diversity. 2b1af7f3a8