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Running Head: Personal Response on Sexual Identity
Personal Response on Sexual Identity
environmental factors. my value system was very different that it is today.Personal Response on Sexual Identity | 2 The locus of our sexual selves is our sexual identity. I have learned in this course that I was not very well informed in my early years. I can now say that my value system is rationalist. Sexual Decision Making It is very important that we engage in critical thinking in our sexual decision making process. It is an automatic habit that I apply critical thinking to my evaluation of sexual situations. The phrase knowledge is power applies particularly well to our sexual decision making. Many factors impact the development of our sexual identity. historical identity. since my decisions were usually reckless and the consequences could have been very severe. This hedonistic approach that I held then made it difficult for me to make good decisions about sexual situations. because I . I am also fortunate that I made it through those teen years with myself intact. These add up to the identity that we know and express in adulthood. This is a human element that begins in our development of our sexual identity from birth onward. Our identity is malleable to an extent and can change based on new experiences. perspectives. I have also learned several things about my own sexual decision making process of which I was not previously aware. and relationships. I say this since I like to analyze new situations from all angles before I reach a decision about the situation. I also found out that my value system is a mixed one. When I was younger. include our gender The most basic factors that affect our sexual identity value systems. love. I have been fortunate that I have been able to master myself so that my value system and self-esteem allow me to reach good decisions about my sex life.
Parents and caregivers can exert influences on their children that may affect the child’s gender identity. These factors include our nurturing during our early life and our heredity. These may help some individuals to determine and express their own gender identity. I have found this analysis very intriguing. Gender Identity Development For the most part. It is a psychological determinant that defines our identity over our assigned physical gender. Societal norms are expressed through outward appearances. Both culture and social norms play a part in the development of gender identity. Societal norms are expressed through outward appearances. 2005). A number of factors are relevant in the development of our gender identity. Others cannot easily This gives me the clearest path to a good decision in any situation. These may help some individuals to determine and express their own gender identity. I was also greatly influenced by my family’s I grew into feminine patterns as I upbringing with relation to my gender identity. our gender identity is a reflection of our biological sex (Nevid. I also had strong social influences toward a feminine gender identity. Rathus & Fichner-Rathus. This physical and genetic fingerprint has helped to shape my own gender identity. influence my thinking. I have paid attention to the evaluation of my value system during this course. I am chromosomally a sexual female. I also had strong social influences toward a feminine gender identity. Parents and other caregivers generally pattern their own behavior toward the child based on their view of that child as male or female. . I am a skeptic.Personal Response on Sexual Identity | 3 also use situation ethics in reaching my decisions. developed. In terms of critical thinking processes.
but I am at ease with this path. my friends were all female. I wish to follow this traditional pattern and can do so willingly. Society dictates that we are to bear children and keep a strong family unit. This worked well for me. Attraction is a defining factor in our gender identity. This is not always true for people today. It is my own gender identity that is defined by my preference to engage in sexual and romantic relationships only with men. . The driving factors in human sexuality include physical attraction. I have a current love relationship with a man that can be considered a consummate love relationship. For me. This tradition has personally influenced my own identity. For me. This identity as a feminine being has always been easy and natural for me. Relationships and Attraction Sexual identity revolves around attraction in our relationships. couples were expected to have children and to raise them. My early environment reinforced my biological sexual identity. This tradition is still with us today. I find men attractive and can easily make a judgment about another woman’s attractiveness. I am entirely comfortable with both my gender and sexual identities being aligned.Personal Response on Sexual Identity | 4 Historical and Environmental Influences My own environment helped to determine my current gender identity as well as my sexual identity. In traditional societies. I fit in by acting feminine with them. though I am not sexually attracted to women. Views about human sexuality has remained remarkably consistent for the last several thousand years. this is my greatest goal in my life. It also defines our sexual orientation and our sexual preferences. Growing up. This is my own personal and sexual identity.
Our motivating factors are love. the other sex. It is what makes us initially curious enough to find out more about someone that we see. opposite sex. or both. but I feel that attraction is mostly a personal level preference. Sexual Orientation Nevid. My own sexual orientation is This means that I am only attracted to and prefer members of the Homosexual individuals are attracted to members of the same sex.Personal Response on Sexual Identity | 5 This relationship is a very traditional. Physical attraction is difficult to ignore or to control and does not necessarily hold us to one gender in our attractions. There are those who find these two categories of attraction and preference to be blurred and find that they are attracted to members of both sexes. This is evident in the variety of preferences that different individuals exhibit in their expression of who they find physically attractive. I saw myself as female and was taught and believed that it was the normal . Rathus & Fichner-Rathus discuss their view that sexual orientation “concerns the direction of one’s romantic interests and erotic attractions—toward members of the same sex.” heterosexual. intimacy and attraction. We are fully committed to one another. This physical attraction is purely based on our personal preferences and definitions. male-female one. This attraction allowed me to pursue a more intimate and committed relationship with this man. I feel that this physical attraction is at the heart of sexual preferences as well. I feel that physical attraction is often the greatest driving force in human relationships. my gender identity was developed in concert with my sexual orientation. My primary motivate in this relationship was physical attraction. There are a number of culturally determined characteristics that may be considered universally attractive. In my opinion.
I see that there is nothing wrong with any sexual orientation. Individuals who are homosexual in their orientation have faced a great deal of discrimination and oppression over the years. . It is one of our most defining characteristics as an individual. Now that I am older and have a more independent view. There are aspects of my sexual identity that will evolve as I grow older and more mature. Human sexuality is an elusive thing. I am glad to have had this chance to learn more about myself. They are treated as a minority to be held down and obstructed. My sexual development has been guided by my physical sexual identity. it is a very important part of our nature. There are many sexual stereotypes that have been maintained over the years. And yet. I was also taught that members of the same sex did not engage in sex or relationships with members of their own sex. I find it abhorrent that people discriminate against others based on the person’s sexual identity or preferences.Personal Response on Sexual Identity | 6 route for women to be attracted to and in relationship with males. This class has afforded me the opportunity to evaluate my own personal sexual development while learning more about the larger world of human sexuality. It is never the same for any two individuals. I feel it is appropriate for anyone to express adult love and attraction for anyone they please. These stereotypes have both historical and cultural roots. This influence has stayed with me unwavering into the current day. It changes over time.
A. Human sexuality in a world of diversity. . S. MA: Allyn and Bacon.) Boston.Personal Response on Sexual Identity | 7 References Rathus. and Fichner-Rathus.. Nevid.S. (2005). (6th ed.. J. L.