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Before taking this course I lacked the knowledge of sexuality. I can say that I knew the basics but I really had no interests in the different types of sexuality and the specific details it entails. This class has taught me much more information that I have used throughout my life (I didn’t even know) and what I will use throughout the rest of my life.
My value system and critical thinking to my sexual decision making before and after this course I can say have stayed the same in most areas. Although I believe myself to have more knowledge in certain ...view middle of the document...
I do feel that making that decision so young it took some of my innocence away. Before this course I would not have thought twice about it, but because of this course I may have done things a little different.
The environment like society did play a major role in my sexuality. When an individual is young peer pressure and society play an important role in ones individual to make decisions. For me I was not so much a follower but still felt the need to keep up. My friends were very excepting but there was still peer pressure. My friends were sexually active and encouraged me to be. Favorite stars are wearing less clothing and sex is talked about everywhere. Then once puberty comes the hormones are a key factor. I was not raised to be religious so the only moral values I had was to treat my body with respect, be respected, and to make wise decisions.
The development of my gender identity consists of three factors: chromosomal sex, genetics, and my environment. Starting from when I was being conceived, the SRY gene, along with the SOX 9 combined, determine my sex as a female (Rathus et al., 2005). Sex hormones will develop to make an embryo that produces my androgens making me female (Rathus et al., 2005). My environment after birth was also a major factor. I was treated very girlie, like a princess. I was taught to be delicate like a woman but to get dirty and play in the mud like the boys. I enjoyed playing with dolls, makeup, and became interested in boys. I was the only girl out of three children; I had an older brother and a younger brother. I became the nurturer but was still the little girl and the younger sister; I was the stereotype of femininity. I was and am emotional, a nurturer, caring, and the constant need to help others whenever I can. However throughout the years I do feel that because of my environment I did develop some of the masculine traits. I have become very independent and self-sufficient. Society and my environment, “nature versus nurture” has played the role in my gender identity.
The effect of attraction and love in my relationships has played a part in who I am. Throughout the course I learned that there are three love styles that have played a role in my life: infatuation, romantic love, and consummate. Infatuation I truly believe started with my husband’s infatuation with me. I was told from the first time we danced together that I was the one he would marry. It was then that I realized all the times where he tried to talk to me that I never realized. Once we went are separate ways and after awhile of dating I learned I developed an infatuation with men. I was curious to see how they looked at women, what attracted them, and why? Once I felt I figured it out I would play the role to what they wanted. I did find that being your self is truly what most men want. The romance is what I crave. I know that I love my husband...