Social Implications of Condoms

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Global Sexualities

Globalization, from an American perspective, has always been viewed as a positive.  It is the way in which we spread ideas and culture and place influence on other parts of the world. However, globalization works to oppress individuals as well.  The power of imperial nations such as the US, has the ability to place its values higher than most and look down upon the values of others.  This has huge implications on the ways in which sexuality is viewed globally and perverted in a way to make money.  Sexuality on a global scale, transforms women’s bodies into commodities in which they can be sold, bought, or exchanged for capital, both in the physical and emotional sense, seen through the perception of virginity Continue reading

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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