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Case Study: "Society, The Basics"

"Society, The Basics". Eleventh Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle, New Jersey.

The case study answers seven questions in regards to sexual revolution, pregnancy, abortion, gay rights, birth control, and pornography.

1. First, how would you give a biological definition of sex? Give your own definition and what you think it means in the context of society?

2. How do you believe the sexual revolution and counter-revolution, has influenced the events taking place in this class? Support your statements with examples (from textbook or other sources).

3. Examine the different issues at play here. Why do you believe the girls may be more concerned with teen pregnancy and subjects of abortion more so than the boys?

4. Why might boys think condoms and birth control are funny subjects? What influence do you believe the subjects of pornography, prostitution (especially in media), and pre-marital sex have upon adolescents?

5. Examine the three theoretical analyses of sexuality. Which one do you believe applies to this situation? According to information from the text book, in which theory do you believe these children probably believe?

6. What influence do you believe the recent gay rights movement has had on the classroom environment? What does the textbook have to say regarding matters of sexual orientation?

7. Why do you think both the boys and girls may have equal opinions regarding matters of abortion? Explain the two major positions of abortion and how this may influence the different generations.

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1. First, how would you give a biological definition of sex? Give your own definition and what you think it means in the context of society?

The biological definition of sex is the specific genetic characteristics that separate men from women. The biological definition of sex in regards to the context of society is what generates generalized norms in the perception of what is expected from both genders. Meaning, society understands that men and women are different genetically. In saying this, social norms are what and how we conduct ourselves in society. For example, an old social norm is that women take care of the home and men work to support the home.

2. How do you believe the sexual revolution and counter-revolution, has influenced the events taking place in this class? Support your statements with examples (from textbook or other sources).

The sexual revolution has influenced the events taking place in this class in numerous ways over different eras. This revolution impacted the turning point in the sexual revolution in the early 1960s when women became open about their sexuality by using birth control, braless, and having more sexual relationships out of wedlock (Macionis, p.149, 2011). Contrary to this the counter revolution became the focal point in the 1970s and 1980s. Society in general became more conservative and returned to a family values society. More so, the concept of free love was dispelled and monogamous relationships were the foundation of society.

3. Examine the different issues at play here. Why do you believe the girls may be more concerned with teen pregnancy and subjects of abortion more so than the boys?

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