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What are Gender differences in regard to intimacy?
differences in intimacy stem from the role that each gender plays in an
intimate relationship. Because women and men differ in so many ways,
there are gender differences when it comes to intimacy. The text states
that “there are fundamental differences between women and men. These
differences are of the utmost importance in patterning all of our social
experiences, including intimate relationships.” (Santore, pg. 289-290)
These difference are not just biological, and have a social link as
well. Men define intimacy differently than women and each gender has a
different expectation of what intimacy is or what it means. Generally
speaking, men and women have held different positions within society
which allows them to experience social life differently, in turn means
that they experience intimacy differently. If a man views himself from a
capitalist perspective, may view intimacy with a practical and
unemotional viewpoint because that is how he has experienced life and
socialized. A woman who is a stay at home mother or housewife in charge
of the home and well being of the family will have a stronger emotional
connection to intimacy. (Santore, pg. 290) The differences in
intimacy that are reflected by each gender comes from the way that each
individual was socialized and how they experienced life. It comes from
the individual's own interpretation of what intimacy is in a
relationship. Due to the fact that men and women have different social
expectations, then they in turn have different intimacy expectations.
2. Are internet dating sites sexual institutions? How?
A social institution is defined as a group of people who have come together for a common purpose. These institutions are a part of the social
order of society and they govern behavior and expectations of
individuals. When referencing a dating site, many individuals are
coming together to seek a common thing, intimacy with someone else, some
form of relationship or companionship. Each individual there is
seeking another individual for some purpose. Because of this, and
referencing the definition of what a social institution is, then yes,
internet dating sites can be classified as sexual institutions.
Individuals within these dating sites are looking for an intimate
action with another person, most seeking sexual contact, making this a
form of sexual institution. Sexual institutions provide the ability for
people to come together to be socially sexual which is what most
individuals use internet dating sites for, seeking intimacy from others.
Fischer, Nancy L. & Steven Seidman. New Sexuality Studies. 3rd edition. New York: Routledge, 2016.