Sexualityas a Contemporary Youth Culture
Sexualityas a Contemporary Youth Culture
Sexualityhas been one of the most controversial topics in the contemporaryhuman society. It refers to the ability of human beings to haveerotic experiences, as well as responses. This may have physical,spiritual, emotional and biological aspects. On the same note,scholars have underlined the fact that an individual’s sexualattraction to and interest in another person may be influenced by hisor her sexual orientation. My interest in the topic was piqued by themultiplicity of controversy in the topic, as well as the differentfacets that it has. Indeed, I am particularly interested in theinterconnection between different aspects of sexuality includingbiological, physical, emotional and spiritual. In particular, I wouldexamine whether one aspect bears more influence on human sexualitythan the others. In this regard, I have examined varied books thatdeal with human sexuality.
Farrer,J. (2002). Openingup: Youth sex culture and market reform in Shanghai.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Farrer,in this book, draws on individual, as well as group accounts ofChinese youths alongside the recent modifications in the popularmedia to show the changes that sexual culture in China has enduredsince the country’s shift to market-based economy. He notes thatthere is an increase in the number of people who are engaging in sexbefore marriage, thereby imbuing an entirely new youth sex culturewhose basis is free choice, romance and leisure. Farrer opines thatsexuality acts as a lens that may be used to examine how the countrysees and comprehends itself in the advent of increased globalization.It is well noted that youth in Shanghai balance romance, love, andplay with pragmatism, lust and seriousness respectively, therebycoming up with a collective and individual coping mechanism for a newculture that has its basis on market principles through theneighborhood gossip, seduction games and personal storytelling.
Cocca,C. (2006). Adolescentsexuality: A historical handbook and guide.Westport, Conn: Praeger.
Inthis book, Cocca offers an account of the manner in which adults,including parents, police and policymakers among others have strivedto intervene in adolescents’ sexuality, as well as the manner inwhich the later has become a subject of social control and concern.Of particular note is the fact that the book covers fundamentalissues in adolescent sexuality in America right from the colonialtimes to the contemporary human society. It uses a data-grounded,nuanced and balanced view pertaining to present and past ofadolescent sexuality to offer its readers an incredible collection ofreliable and valuable information. Further, the book covers numerousissues such as juvenile sex in the traditional society alongsidetrends like teen pregnancy, statutory rape laws, sex education, aswell as the manner in which the media portrays adolescent sexuality.Included in the book are primary documents like the petition made bythe Women’s Christian Temperance Union asking for the age ofconsent to be raised, court cases, images that are used for sexeducation in the 20thcentury, adolescent sexuality’s statistics in the current times, aswell as Freud’s theory on sexuality. Such a wealth of informationwould come in handy as a central resource for all stakeholdersincluding educators, students, journalists, and parents, as well asindividuals working on youth’s behalf.
Brown,J.D., Steele, J.R., & Walsh-Childers, K (2001).SexualTeens, Sexual Media: Investigating Media`s Influence on AdolescentSexuality. New York: Taylor & Francis
Recenttimes have seen an increase in the attention that is given to themedia in general as a source of influence on sexuality among theyouth. Indeed, it is well noted that the media influences thepreference of individuals, as well as the manner in which theyexpress themselves. This book explores the incorporation of sexualcontent in mass media in the United States, as well as the impactthat it has on the adolescents’ lives. Brow et al address thistopic in a broad manner while presenting evident pertaining tophysical sex acts, as well as the role that the mass media plays inthe growth and development of beauty standards, relationship norms,courtship, as well as gender roles. The book offers new perspectivespertaining to the things that teens focus on in the media and offersincredible insight on the manner in which teens comprehend and applythe media content on sexuality. All in all, the volume outlines thecrucial role that the mass media including TV programs, movies,music, magazines and web pages play in shaping the sexual lives ofadolescents. It forms an incredible resource for all stakeholdersincluding policymakers especially in the media industry.
Lindberg,L.B (2012). Consequences of Sex Education on Teen and Young AdultSexual Behaviors and Outcomes. Journalof Adolescent Health,Vol. 51, Issue. 4, pp 332-338
Thisjournal article is based on the notion common knowledge that a largenumber of youths are engaging in premarital sex activity. The authoroutlines a study that uses nationally representative survey data toexamine whether formal sex education is related, in any way, withsexual health outcomes and behaviors. In this study, data pertainingto a total of 4691 females and males aged between 15 and 24 derivedfrom the National Survey of Family Growth (2006-2008) was used. Inthis study, it was demonstrated that individuals who received sexeducation, irrespective of the type, experienced delays in theirfirst sexual experience regardless of their gender compared to thoseindividuals who received no sex education. Indeed, individuals whoreceived instruction pertaining to birth control and abstinence had ahigher likelihood of using contraception in their first sexualactivity, and had a lower likelihood of having age discrepantpartners. This was particularly evident among the female respondentswho had a higher likelihood of using condoms at the first experienceespecially among those who received instructions pertaining toabstinence and healthy sex.
Rostosky,S.S., Brian L. Wilcox., Margaret, L. C.W., & Brandy, A. R (2004).The Impact of Religiosity on Adolescent Sexual Behavior: A review ofthe Evidence. Journalof Adolescent Research.Vol. 19. Issue, 677.
Basedon the acknowledgement of the increased reduction in the age at whichindividuals are engaging in sex, there have been enhanced efforts todetermine the factors that lead to delayed or pre-mature sex.Considering that human sexuality also encompasses the spiritualaspect of human beings, there was need to determine the relationshipbetween religion and human sexuality. In this study, the researchersreview longitudinal studies that were published in the two decades(1981-2000) so as to come up with evidence that there is a causalrelationship between adolescent religiosity and their sexualtendencies or behaviors. There is increased evidence from thesestudies that religiosity among the youths or adolescents delays theparticipation of the females in debut sexual activity. However, theresults are considerably unclear in the case of adolescent males. Asmuch as only 50% of the studies looked at the effects of ethnicityand race, there was evidence that the results were the same for bothblack and white adolescents. However, the researchers noted that alarge number of studies have been examining or interpretingreligiosity in terms of mechanisms of social control or evenconventional personality variables. Nevertheless, the results ofthese studies would go a long way in guiding the actions of thevaried stakeholders in combating undesirable sex behaviors.