Sexuality, Gender, and Culture

Sexuality, Gender, and Culture

Intersection of Sexuality, Gender, and Culture

Most societies explicitly tie gender to sexuality. Think about the acceptance of boys “sowing their wild oats,” while girls engaging in the same behavior are “slut-shamed.” Gender may influence sexuality or sexual experience due to a culture’s socialization or enforcement of gender roles and expectations. Within the modern Western world, same-sex sexual orientation was perceived as deviant because it deviated from prescribed gender behavior of what it means to be a “man” (e.g., men have sex with women). 

The experience of gender and sexuality becomes more complex when working with transgender and gender nonconforming clients. Individuals who are transgender or gender non-conforming may identify as heterosexual or as a sexual minority. Whether one is cis-gender (identifying with the sex assigned at birth) or transgender/gender nonconforming, gender will affect your sexual experience as you navigate gender performance with your sexual partners based society’s assumptions of your sexuality.

In the Assignment this week, you analyze the intersection of sexuality, gender, and culture.

 (2- to 3 pages):

Use the five family life-cycle stages listed in the Sexuality in Adulthood Across the Family Life Cycle chart to organize your thoughts for this assignment. For this:

  • Explain the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, and why it is important professionally to understand this difference.
  • Explain cultural influences on gender and sexuality. Consider both cisgender and transgender experiences.
  • Explain specific challenges an individual who is transgender or gender non-binary may experience related to their sexuality.
  • Explain how you would advocate within your professional role for gender variant clients.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the resources for this course.

GivinG sex:

Deconstructing intersex and Trans Medicalization Practices

GeorGiann Davis University of nevada, Las vegas, Usa JoDie M. Dewey Concordia University–Chicago, Usa erin L. MUrphy independent scholar, Usa

although medical providers rely on similar tools to “treat” intersex and trans individuals, their enactment of medicalization practices varies. To deconstruct these complexities, we employ a comparative analysis of providers who specialize in intersex and trans medicine. while both sets of providers tend to hold essentialist ideologies about sex, gender, and sexuality, we argue they medicalize intersex and trans embodiments in different ways. providers for intersex people are inclined to approach intersex as an emergency that necessitates medical attention, whereas providers for trans people attempt to slow down their patients’ urgent requests for transitioning services.

Building on conceptualizations of “giving gender,” we contend both sets of providers “give gender” by “giving sex.” in both cases too, providers shift their own responsibility for their medicalization practices onto others: parents in the case of intersex, or adult recipients of care in the case of trans. according to the accounts of most providers, successful medical interventions are achieved when a person adheres to heteronormative gender practices.

Keywords: intersex; trans; embodiment; medicalization

AuThORS’ NOTE: The authors wish to thank Joya Misra and Maxine Craig for their editorial direction and the insightful reviews they secured. we also wish to thank rachel allison, pallavi Banerjee, and amy Brainer for their helpful comments on earlier itera- tions of this paper. and, lastly, we’d like to thank ranita ray for lending us her breadth of knowledge during the revision process.

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