Womens Studies on Sex in Society Essay

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Womens Studies on Sex in Society



Women's Studies on Sex in Society


Sex plays a major role in today's society. From television advertisements and violence
within society, all forms of media use sex to help sell their products. With the public
being exposed to so many different types, the overuse and exploitation of sex is common.
Is sex a useful tool, or a ploy to get the attention of the public? In some instances, it
even encourages violence.

The world we live in today is still man-made, no less now then in the nineteenth century.
As Englishmen began to develop an identity in 19th century society, they mirrored the
"ideals" for women of the Victorian period: gentility, weakness, ignorance and
submissiveness. Opposing Viewpoints as the relationship of a man or woman to

Society on the basis of gender became essential in shaping male and female attitudes
towards one another. Over the past twenty years remarkable changes in these traditional
male and female roles have been witnessed. The subsequent impact on men, women, and
families due to these changes is believed to be, by many social historians, caused by the
re-emergence of the women's movement.

Recent research has established beyond a doubt that males and females are born with a
different set of "instructions" built into their genetic code. Studies at Harvard
University and elsewhere show that marked differences between male and female baby
behavior are already obvious in the first months of life. Females are more oriented
towards people. Male infants, on the other hand, are more interested in "things." Stanford
psychologists conclude that women are "communicative" animals while men are "manipulative"
animals. Some people believe this is hereditary, while others think that if


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boys and girls were brought up in exactly the same way then all behavioral differences
between men and women would evaporate.

Beginning in early adolescence, children develop their own ideas of male and female roles
with the perception of the conduct and activities of his or her parents and other adults
in their world, including characters on television. Young people are exposed to
advertising from a very early age. The effect, especially of advertising on television,
has a significant bearing on girls' and boys' behavior, and their aspirations. To most
children the commercial message is another piece of information received from the
television set. It is often difficult for them to distinguish truth from fiction,
particularly when the fiction is packaged in compelling words. striking images, and catchy
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