This page is a resource explaining general sociological concepts of sex and gender. In sociology, we make a distinction between sex and gender. Sex are the biological traits that societies use to assign people into the category of either male or female, whether it be through a focus on chromosomes, genitalia or some other physical ascription.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Population-wide studies about attitudes towards sex can give us an insight into how our changing attitudes as a society may support efforts for social change. For example, increasing support for gay marriage reflects the way that attitudes towards same-sex sexual activity are changing over time.
For five years, El Feki talked to people across Middle East about their bedroom behavior, and what she found over and over was a seemingly deep-rooted conservatism — in which any sex outside of heterosexual marriage is unacceptable. But as she shows, Arabic literature is rich with proof that the regional culture was once far more sexually open; erotic writing was produced even by religious scholars. So what happened?
I am a female sex columnist for a college newspaper and am fully aware of the implications intertwined with my title. When I tell people what I do, some awkwardly giggle. A few commend me on my willingness to discuss a provocative subject.
The allegations of Hollywood as a hotbed of sexual misconduct, where the pervasive culture of intimidation and abuse was abetted and tolerated, has revealed an unbearably toxic culture. Those who have come forward with disturbing accounts of coercion and abuse have, for the most part, been greeted with deepest empathy. For all the widely discussed reasons women remain silent when violated, the fear of being ostracized—believing oneself to have lost all fundamental value—is an under-appreciated aspect of the decision to self-censor.
Guns in Today's Society In the United States today, gun control has become a very big issue in the lives of its citizens. People arguing with each other over whether it is our constitutional right to be able to obtain and bear any kind of arms that we choose or that it only belongs to the militia. Many arguments come up over whether or not just average people can show up at a gun show and sell a gun to any person without giving them a background check first.
With the tangle of stigma, secrecy, and moralizing surrounding sex work, it's not exactly surprising to hear that society's perception of prostitution could be totally off the mark. Who are sex workers? What leads them to the profession? Do they have good and bad days at work like anyone else?
K risten Stewart, the actor, is photographed at Cannes holding hands with her ex-girlfriend Alicia Cargile. Supermodel Cara Delevingne kisses her girlfriendthe singer St Vincent, on the front row at London fashion week. Today such moments are everywhere, a sign that increasingly we define ourselves in less structured, more mutable ways.
As a lifelong progressive Democrat and feminist of sorts from birth, I applaud the albeit slowly changing mores of our times. They are having to re-learn their own attitudes. Please let us forgive those men who admit and apologize for wrongdoing and amend their behavior; more cannot be asked of them. These situations can be boss-employee, threats to a child that her family will be hurt or killed, or, as my situation was — graduate student and professor.