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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What’s Sex Got to do With… Christmas Music?

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I love the holidays. I start listening to Christmas music promptly on November 1st, simply because I want the snowy, cheerful season to last for as long as possible. I celebrate Christmas, but the holidays in general seem to bring about a theme of love between partners, family, and friends and appreciating one another as the year comes to a close.

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What’s Sex Got to do with… Awkward

 

MTV’s relatively new TV show, Awkward, aims at educating and talking to teens about sex in a realistic and relatable way. Awkward producer, Lauren Lungerich created this show based on her drama filled hometown of Palos Verdes, California, which, coincidentally, is where I am from. To get ideas for this show, the cast and producers came to my high school once a year and talked to students about what goes on in a typical day, so the daily struggles of my school are reflected on the show, making it more believable in terms of sexual education to teenagers.

In this TV show, the producers go beyond the heteronormative culture of straight couples, and have characters that are gay, lesbian, and confused as well. I believe this is beneficial because teenagers that live in a very uniform area, consisting prominently of white heterosexual individuals, need to be exposed to other types of people as well. The idea that ‘different is not bad’ is one that I think a lot of people need to get used to in our ever-changing society; what is the “norm” today will not necessarily be the same in a couple of years. Also, because the plot is based on a real high school, a lot of the story line is easily relatable to teenagers everywhere, and therefore ironically makes it not awkward to talk about sex.

In today’s world, a lot of teenage education about sex comes from TV or the Internet, so it is crucial that we fill the two with good information that helps teenagers feel more knowledgeable and keeps them safe. Similarly, we need to expose teenagers to the real world by not only including information and media about straight couples, but expanding it to all couples and not promoting a right or wrong way to love.

We have come a long way from hating all gays, to “ask don’t tell,” to now where gay marriage is allowed in some states. Because of this progression, I don’t understand why some people are scared to become accepting of gays and lesbians and the LGBQT community in general? Just because they are accepting and open of other’s sexualities does not mean it is contagious.

Polyamorous Relationships: One Size Does Not Fit All

In our heteronormative society, monogamy is most frequently seen as the only correct type of relationship to be in. Our family and friends as well as childhood movies and television teach us that we should aspire to have an exclusive relationship with someone of the opposite sex that will end in a marriage, and ultimately, happily ever after. But what if that is not enough? What if a relationship with one individual does not satisfy the emotional and physical needs of a person? Continue reading

Adam and Steve

Over the last few years as the LGBTQIA community has become stronger and gay marriage more prominent, I have heard many sayings varying from, “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” to “Jesus had two dads and he turned out fine.” The controversy of gay marriage has erupted in numerous debates and the answer is still not clear to what the US plans to do. As of right now, it is legal in some states and illegal in others, which creates this sense of confusion and a loss of identity for those that are gay and want to get married.

 

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