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Social and Cultural Views of Human Sexuality
Grand Canyon University
CNL-530: Human Sexuality and Issues of Aging
November 12, 2019

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SOCIAL AND CULTURAL VIEWS
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Introduction
Human Sexuality is described in the text as a complex issue that can be shared or
expressed in various ways across cultures by individuals. An individual’s sexuality consist of
biological factors, yet is also heavily influenced by their culture and society, resulting in various
perspectives (Rathus, et al, 2018). Detailed below are three of the many perspectives of
sexuality, both historical and contemporary, and their cultural outlooks on the male and female
roles in sexuality.
Historical Perspective
Historically speaking, human sexuality was greatly influenced in sexual values and
behaviors by religion. While some cultures in society believed that individuals were bisexual,
such as the Greeks and others believed the opposite that an individual identified as either a
homosexual or a heterosexual when it came to their sexual orientation (Moglia, 2019).
The Ancient Greeks
Interestingly enough, while the Ancient Greeks were said to have treasured family life,
they also viewed their Gods as voracious seekers of sexual variety(Rathus, et al, 2018, pg. 10)
who seduced mortals, admired the male body and were often nude (Rathus, et al, 2018). The
Geek people believed that people were bisexual. Male on male relationships were considered
normal, and even sexual interactions between adult males and adolescent boys were typical,
although not legal (Rathus, et al, 2018).
Women in Ancient Greece were largely treated as property by their husbands or their
male next of kin (Rathus et al, 2018). Women had no formal education and rarely left the inside
of their homes where they were expected to run their households via domestic duties and having
children. If and when they did leave their home, women were invisible and obedient (Ogden,

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Running head: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL VIEWS Social and Cultural Views of Human Sexuality Grand Canyon University CNL-530: Human Sexuality and Issues of Aging November 12, 2019 1 SOCIAL AND CULTURAL VIEWS 2 Introduction Human Sexuality is described in the text as a complex issue that can be shared or expressed in various ways across cultures by individuals. An individual’s sexuality consist of biological factors, yet is also heavily influenced by their culture and society, resulting in various perspectives (Rathus, et al, 2018). Detailed below are three of the many perspectives of sexuality, both historical and contemporary, and their cultural outlooks on the male and female roles in sexuality. Historical Perspective Historically speaking, human sexuality was greatly influenced in sexual values and behaviors by religion. While some cultures in society believed that individuals were bisexual, such as the Greeks and others believed the opposite that an individual identified as either a homosexual or a heterosexual when it came to their sexual orientation (Moglia, 2019). The Ancient Greeks Interestingly enough, while the Ancient Greeks were said to have treasured family life, they also viewed their Gods as “voracious seekers of sexual variety” (Rathus, et al, 2018, pg. 10) who seduced mortals, admired the male body and were often nude (Rathus, et al, 2018). The Geek people believed that people were bisexual. Male on male relationships were considered normal, and even sexu ...
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