Behavioral Science 100
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Behavioral Science 100
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Reflection Paper: Culture, Sexuality and Sex

DUE:

PURPOSE:
To spend time identifying and thinking about how your culture and the cultures which surround you affect your sexuality and values about sex.

ASSIGNMENT:
Culture is composed of the beliefs, behaviors, values and institutions that are socially communicated from one generation to another. Culture includes food, religious traditions, language, and beliefs and values about work, art, government, and sex among other things. Our parents and families communicate culture to us in what they do and don't talk about, the words they use, how they act and so on. Society at large communicates culture to us through law, government, media and so on.

You have learned a great deal about sex and sexuality from your culture up to this point and it influences you every day. Read your textbook carefully to identify and understand some of the ways that various cultures influence sex and sexuality. Then spend some time thinking about what you believe about sex and sexuality. Discuss what you believe and how you act on those beliefs. Describe how culture shaped your sexual beliefs and behaviors.

Consider some of the following questions to get going on this essay.

Where did your ideas come from? What did your parents or other members of your family teach you about sex and sexuality? Did they teach you directly (through conversation and discussion) or did they teach you indirectly (through their actions or through lack of discussion)?

Did your parents'/family's messages about sex seem similar to those of other people in your culture? Were the messages that you got from your family different from those of society at large? In what ways? How did the contradictions affect you?

Did you get any cultural messages that you now disagree with and do not act according to? What are they? What caused you to change? How do your cultural beliefs about sex and sexuality influence you today?

DON'T just list questions and answers, create a discussion/essay using the questions as a starting point. Be sure to explain your ideas clearly and give examples to support your explanations. Have fun!!

Format
Format requirements count toward your grade. If your paper is too short, margins or font are too big or there are spelling, grammar or punctuation problems you will lose points. I will not accept handwritten papers.

 

Behavioral Science 100
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Reflection Paper: Contraception
DUE:

PURPOSE:
To learn, in depth about contraceptive methods and to give some thought to the realities and complexity of contraceptive choice.

ASSIGNMENT:
Choose two different contraceptive methods from the text and assess them using the eight factors listed below as they apply to YOU. You’ll be discussing your values, preferences and concerns about sexual activity, possible pregnancy and contraception.

When choosing methods to write about you need to choose two from different categories. For instance, comparing "the Pill" to the "mini-Pill" isn’t going to be appropriate. Nor can you compare DepoProvera to another chemical/hormonal method such as "the Ring". An appropriate comparison would be abstinence/celibacy with "the Pill", or to compare condoms with DepoProvera. Use your textbook to identify the methods and categories they belong to.

Be aware that celibacy/abstinence is an active contraceptive choice that can exist within a love relationship until you make a decision to change. It is not simply being without a sexual partner.

Even if you are gay, you should know about contraceptive methods--for health and potential parenting reasons. If you are gay or lesbian and want to take a different approach to this paper, feel free to talk to me about what you would like to do.

Format
Format requirements count toward your grade. If your paper is too short, margins or font are too big or there are spelling, grammar or punctuation problems you will lose points. I will not accept handwritten papers.

 Choosing a contraceptive method involves more than just using what your friends use, or what someone else thinks you should use. What is right for someone else or what someone else thinks is right for you may not be what’s best for you and your partner. Eight factors should be taken into consideration when choosing a contraceptive method. In no particular order, they are:

  1. Convenience: Will it work or be available when you need it? How spontaneous do you like to be? How much planning is involved in the use of this method?
  2. Moral Acceptability: Everyone’s values and beliefs are different. Does this method comply with your specific values about avoiding pregnancy. Do you have any beliefs about when the process of conception can morally be interrupted? Does this method act in accordance with those beliefs.
  3. Cost: What does the method cost? Consider whether a doctor visit is necessary, when and where it can be obtained.
  4. Sharing Responsibility: Have you discussed contraception and contraceptive methods with your partner? Is the burden of using this method of contraception placed more on one partner than on the other?
  5. Effectiveness: How effective is the method for the typical user? Are you going to be able to use this method effectively? For example, if you can’t remember to take a vitamin or make a dental appointment, will you remember to take an oral contraceptive or make an appointment for a Depo-provera shot?
  6. Safety: Do you have any health conditions that make this method a poor choice? Do you have any personal habits (e.g. smoking) that make the method a poor choice?
  7. STD protection: Does this method protect you and your partner from STDs? Will you need to add another "layer" of protection?
  8. Reversibility: Are you planning to become pregnant in the near future? How quickly can the effects of this method be reversed? Perhaps you do not plan to have children, or any more children, do you want an irreversible method?

 

Human Sexuality
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Reflection Paper: Communication

DUE:

Purpose
In this paper you will consider your communication patterns around sexual interaction, with the intent to learn more about how to communicate more effectively and clearly.

Requirements
To earn full points you must respond to all the questions below in a thorough, thoughtful manner. Be sure to explain your reasoning for your ideas/opinions. DON'T just list questions and answers, create a discussion/essay using the questions as a starting point.

As you respond to these questions, keep the following in mind:

Questions
How do you decide on and communicate what activities you will or will not engage in? (You will probably have to articulate your values pretty clearly to answer this question.)

Typically, how do you initiate sexual interactions? Does your method work for you? For your partner?

When you refuse sexual interactions, how do you do it? Does your partner take you seriously? Do you have trouble refusing or doing so without conflict?

How do you negotiate or come to agreement with your partner on how far you’ll go and when? I

What communication methods are most effective for you? Why are they effective?

What communication methods are least effective and why?

Format
Format requirements count toward your grade. If your paper is too short, margins or font are too big or there are spelling, grammar or punctuation problems you will lose points. I will not accept handwritten papers.

 

Human Sexuality
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Reflection Paper: Gender

DUE:

Purpose
In this paper you will consider your gender behaviors and attitudes, with the intent to better understand yourself and others.

Requirements
To earn full points you must respond to all the questions below in a thorough, thoughtful manner. Be sure to explain your reasoning for your ideas/opinions. DON'T just list questions and answers, create a discussion/essay using the questions as a starting point. Use your textbook and class notes to remind yourself of what the key terms mean.

What messages did you receive as you were growing up regarding specific expectations or behaviors "appropriate" to your gender? Think in terms of academic/career expectations, social and sexual behavior, ideas about competition, household chores, recreational activities, etc. Give specific examples of messages from parents, peers, teachers, coaches, the media, etc.

How would your life be different if you were a member of the other gender? Think in terms of recreational activities, education, work/career interests, relationship involvement, parenting experiences, etc. Explain your reasoning.

How might the rewards, pressures, fears and anxieties be different? How might they be the same? Explain your reasoning

In your current relationships with men and women (sexual and non-sexual relationships) is your behavior more gender-typed or more androgynous? Give specific examples to illustrate.

What gender role attitudes or behaviors do you have that would you like to change? (Think hard—"nothing" is not an acceptable answer.) Why would you change them?

If you could have one attribute or ability of the other gender what would it be? Why? (Once again, think hard—"nothing" is not an acceptable answer.)

Format
Format requirements count toward your grade. If your paper is too short, margins or font are too big or there are spelling, grammar or punctuation problems you will lose points. I will not accept handwritten papers.

 

Human Sexuality
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Reflection Paper: Sexuality and Aging

DUE:

PURPOSE:
To review issues of aging and to give some thought to how you, as a sexual being, would like to be treated as you age.

ASSIGNMENT:
You should consider the information presented in the video we viewed in class and information provided in your text regarding issues of aging and sexuality. You’ll need to incorporate examples from the video in your paper.

Address all of the discussion points listed below in essay form. DON'T use a bullet point format, weave the discussion points and facts in to a coherent whole.

Format
Format requirements count toward your grade. If your paper is too short, margins or font are too big or there are spelling, grammar or punctuation problems you will lose points. I will not accept handwritten papers.

 

Human Sexuality
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Reflection Paper: Personal Learning
DUE:

PURPOSE:
To reflect on what you have learned from the course and how your learning is influencing you.

ASSIGNMENT:
Write this paper in essay form, discussing concepts and giving examples to illustrate your points.

Identify three concepts or facts that were addressed in class that have influenced your thinking and behavior about sexuality. Consider the information presented in this class in all forms (your text, class discussion, videos, lectures and guest speakers). Clearly explain each fact/concept and then go on to explain, in specific terms, how they are affecting your day-to-day thinking and/or behavior around issues of sexuality. Also discuss how this change is affecting any other areas of your life such as friendships, family relationships, workplace attitudes, career goals etc.

Here are some examples of how things we addressed in the class could affect someone's life:

You learned that most women do not orgasm easily in the missionary position. This influenced you to ask your partner to try new positions and that opened up a long and intimate conversation about your sexual relationship. This conversation strengthened your relationship (give examples, such as: you now have more trust in you partner and feel freer to tell them other things about yourself). Also, you have more self-confidence in other areas of your life (give examples, such as: you have talked to your boss about a raise).

You learned that not all families reject gay or lesbian relatives. This gave you the confidence to casually mention the subject matter to a cousin you think might be gay. This cousin hasn’t come out yet, but you are willing to be supportive (explain how, for instance: you'll be openly accepting of him in front of family members who have rejected him) if he does. You are also more open (give examples, such as: you are interested in and ask about his/her partners) around your gay co-worker and find your friendship deepening (explain, for example: you now talk about your relationship issues with him/her). As a result, you know that he would answer any of your questions and help you be supportive of your cousin (give examples, such as: you'd invite your cousin and co-worker to dinner at your house).

Remember, you must clearly and specifically explain and give examples of how the information is affecting your life!

Format
Format requirements count toward your grade. If your paper is too short, margins or font are too big or there are spelling, grammar or punctuation problems you will lose points. I will not accept handwritten papers.