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Culture and Gender: Sexual Behavior/Attitudes on Sexuality Vary

While focusing on culture and sexuality answer the following questions.

Compare (similarities and differences) the sexual attitude and behavior of the two different cultures.

Provide specific examples of each.

Provide references.

Some resources you can refer to:

Gardiner, Harry W., & Kosmitzki, C. (2011). Lives across cultures: Cross-cultural human development (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education; Chapter 8, "Culture and Issues of Gender and Sexuality".

Matsumoto, D., & Juang, L. (2008). Culture and psychology (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth; Chapter 6, "Culture and Gender".

Article: Afable-Munsuz, A., & Brindis, C. D. (2006). Acculturation and the sexual and reproductive health of latino youth in the United States: A literature review. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 38(4), 208-219. Retrieved August 22, 2007, from the Academic Search Premier database.

Article: Mohammadi, M. R., Mohammad K., Farahani, F. K., Alikhani, S., Zare, M., Tehrani, F.R., et al. (2006). Reproductive knowledge, attitudes and behavior among adolescent males in Tehran, Iran. International Family Planning Perspectives, 32(1), 35-44. Retrieved August 22, 2007, from the Academic Search Premier database.

Article: Witt, S. D. (1997). Parental influence on children's socialization to gender roles. Adolescence, 32(126), 253-259. Retrieved August 22, 2007, from the Academic Search Premier database.

Article: Crouter, A. C., Manke, B. A., & McHale, S. M. (1995). The family context of gender intensification in early adolescence. Child Development, 66, 317-329. Retrieved August 22, 2007, from the Academic Search Premier database.

Article: Aubrey, J. S., & Harrison, K. (2004). The gender-role content of children's favorite television programs and its links to their gender-related perceptions. Media Psychology, 6(2), 111-146. Retrieved August 22, 2007, from the Academic Search Premier database.

Article: Sadker, D., & Zittleman, K. (2005). Gender bias lives, for both sexes. Education Digest, 70(8), 27-30. Retrieved August 22, 2007, from the Academic Search Premier database.

Article: Sadker, D. (1999). Gender equity: Still knocking at the classroom door. Educational Leadership, 56(7), 22-26. Retrieved August 22, 2007, from the Academic Search Premier database.

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Culture and sexuality:

The world holds diverse cultures that are marked by different attitudes and values. Culture is a broad term that is used to refer to the set customs and values that a group of people have to abide by. It is these attitudes that shape the behavior modes of the people in the different culture creating rules and ways of conduct in sexual relationships and sexual behavior. There is huge interplay between the sexuality and the cultural believes that hold a set of people together. It is not possible to separate these two variables based on the fact that the cultural norms have bred a new behavior in the group of people. The nature of the cultures also affects the sexual contacts that are established in the cultures. It is imperative to note that collectivist cultures are bond to have more strict rules on sexual relations in contrast to the individualist society (Agner, 1999).

Differences of the Sexual Attitudes and Behavior of Two Cultures:

The selected cultures in this case scenario are the; American and African cultures. There are diverse characteristics that mark the two cultures. The American culture which is an individualist culture does not embrace the value of close social relations. This is what makes the culture not to hold strong stringent measures on sexual behavior. Contrary to this, the African culture, which is a collectivist culture, holds ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses that sexual behavior and attitudes on sexuality vary dramatically across cultures.

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