Examination of Sexuality
Alfred C. Kinsey argued in 1948, ?It would encourage clearer thinking on these matters [of labeling homosexuals] if persons were not characterized as heterosexual or homosexual, but as individuals who have had certain amounts of heterosexual experience and homosexual experience. Instead of using these terms as substantives (real and apparent entities) which stand for persons, ?they may be better used to describe the nature of overt sexual relations, or of the stimuli to which an individual erotically responds.?
Here I shall look at this statement regarding sexuality and gender from a sociological perspective on deviance. In this discussion, I will address the following questions: What role does sexuality (and gender) play in society How are these categories constructed How are they maintained What do these categories reveal about important configurations of power in American society
The ?social construction? of the category of gender has had its roots firmly planted since biblical times: from the creation of the female, Eve for man (so Adam would not be lonely) to the 1800s when women were not allowed (by men) the right to vote. It has been prevalent in marriage ceremonies as brides promised to ?honor and obey? their
, gender, homosexuality, society, sexuality, power, social, homosexual, behavior, woodhouse, role, normal, deviant, control, categories, about, abnormal, sexual, sex, male, identity, female, bayer, people, narth, human, discussion, deviance, based, values, through, negative, masculinity, lesbian, important, heterosexual, example, boundaries, being, terms, status, statement, science, protection, philosophy, over, out, one, marriage, look, lesbianism