Hook Up Culture or Pure Conformity?

Biologists argue that personality is merely predisposed. Psychologists argue that genetic and environmental factors interact to determine a person’s personality. When discussing and analyzing different situations in sex and society, large emphasis is placed on how environmental factors shape the personality traits and identities of many individuals.

College is often seen as an exploratory stage or a time where people feel they are able to express themselves freely on a personal and sexual level. With the help of the American media, people often associate university with risky behaviors like compulsive drinking and random sexual encounters. This, in turn, may lead people to false expectations about what American university entails.

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Filipina Sexuality in Lebanon

In the article “The Public and Hidden Sexualities Of Filipina Women in Lebanon, Hayeon Lee examines how migrant women’s, specifically Filipina women’s, sexuality is socially regulated in Lebanon. The article explains that since 1975, migrant women have replaced Lebanese and other Arab women as the primary demographic for the domestic labor force. Filipina women have their sexuality regulated in Lebanon because they usually fulfill the role of live-in maid, so their employers are concerned with their sexual morality since they live in the house.

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Race: Filipina Women, Asian Men, and Racism around the Globe

Racial hierarchies around the world consistently rank “whiteness” as more valuable and other races as less valuable. Being able to “pass” for white, which is a fluid commodity rather than a set racial identity, oftentimes opens up spaces of privilege while being perceived as “not white” in conjunction with being an immigrant, can be very limiting and harmful. For immigrant women particularly, racial hierarchies, in which whiteness is often valued and being “other” is restrictive, greatly influence their social experiences in the countries to which they immigrate. This racial phenomenon looks very different in different regions. In the United States for instance, Asian males, who in some parts of the world, are seen as white, are not viewed as “white enough”. As a consequence of being viewed as lower ranking in the hierarchy of male bodies, according to Kong, their bodies are desexualized, making it difficult for them to thrive and express their sexuality in this culture.

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