Active/Passive Constructions of Sexuality Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Active/Passive Constructions of Sexuality
An analysis and comparison of human sexuality in the modern era and the ancient Greco-Roman period.
# 129728 | 3,250 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in History (Greek and Roman) , Sociology (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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The paper offers an examination of variations in human sexuality between the modern era and the ancient Greco-Roman period based on a hypothesis that in the modern, Western society human sexuality is defined based on the gender, ethnicity, or social status of the individuals involved in the act. The paper further hypothesizes that dissimilarly, Greco-Roman sexuality was characterized by a lack of interest in these individual characteristics and was instead concerned with the role each individual played in an active/passive dichotomy.

From the Paper:

"When comparing and contrasting conceptions of sexualities in different cultural and historical settings, the cautious researcher remembers a few key facts. First and foremost, human sexuality is a social and cultural construction. Sexual activity may be a universal constant in all human societies, deriving from biological necessity and imperative, but this is not the same thing as human sexuality. Human sexuality is the means by which specific cultures react to the biological requirement for sex for procreation. Sexuality may be exalted or despised or even ignored. Individual practices might be condemned or tolerated. Specific attitudes..."

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