Sexuality: A video analysis
The video is a research animation that attempts to bring togethersome of the fundamental sex economics in the contemporary society.The video was created by social scientists, with the essence beingdeveloping a theory that is both thought-provoking and academicallyoriented. As such, it derives from family relationships, socialstructures, and human relationships. The creators of the animationdeveloped a selective research that used a modern digital platform toengage a wider audience and embrace the technological development inlearning. One of the major issues arising from the video is thematter of the insight of sex from the male and female perceptions.The discourse analysis uses sexual theories and concepts to evaluatethe perception of sex from the two sides.
Sex as perceived by male and females
From the video, the creators build an argument about sex insight fromthe male and female perspectives. In the contemporary society, theeconomics of sex is not a strange topic, nor has it not beenextensively evaluated. It has come down to the study of there thesupply and demand curves for sex meet, and the agents that drive andcontrol this curves (Riley, 2014). According to Riley, one of themost interesting things about sex economics is that there is no needto satisfy any political correctness. The video lays out twoperspectives about sex, coming from the male and female thinking. Itis almost unanimously agreed that males have a higher sex drive thantheir counterparts. From the male perspective, sex is primarilypracticed to satisfy hormones, or, in other words, for pleasure(Haig, MacMillan & Raikes, 2011). There is little or noconnection between sex and romance. On the other hand, sex means morethan pleasure and satisfaction. Sex is for expressing love, receivinglove, cementing relationships through intimacy and creating partnersecurity.
Biological and social construction
The above argument presents biological and social construction of thepractice and meaning of sex. From both perspectives, sex has bothbiological and social meanings. According to sexuality studies, thereexists a theoretical was between biological essentialists perspectiveand social constructionist perspectives of sex (Siann, 2013). Biologically, sex satisfies emotions and hormones. Biologicalessentialism is the belief that people are who they are because oftheir genetic make-up. There is also an assumption that thecharacters and behaviors of individuals are biologicallypre-determined, rather than choices that these individuals make asthey grow up (Crooks & Baur, 2013). As such, this can be used toexplain why there is a difference in the perception of sex betweenmen and women. The male genetic make-up does not create a deepconnection between sex and emotions, as it does in women. This hascreated a problem for feminists and anti-feminists, whereby thelatter claim that biological-essentialism is not the issue with theformer (Riley, 2014). Anti-feminists subscribe to essentialism,especially when it comes to favoring the traditional perception ofsex and social differences between the males and females (Doty etal., 2010). For instance, there is a notion that is created thatwomen are “naturally caregiving” while the men are “naturallydominant”.
From the social perspective, sexuality is a basic human drive thatexists prior to the process of socialization. The social constructionof sexuality is that it is constructed by the characters of themembers of a certain society, culture and context (Gagnon &Simon, 2011). This implies that people learn about the meanings ofsexuality from their own social and cultural influences. As such, thepeople of a certain society come to learn how to behave as regards totheir sexuality and what behaviors are appropriate for them,according to the culture and society they live in. It has almost beenuniversally accepted that men have a higher sex drive than women.This is why the men come to be known to be more sexually active, andattach little or no emotion to their sexual behaviors (Gagnon &Simon, 2011). At the same time, the sociological construction of sexmeans that the ladies learn to attach the practice to more than justphysical satisfaction. The women thus use sex as a way of showingtheir affection to their partners and creating a stronger bond intheir relationship. Social meanings define sexual practices ratherthan the acts themselves.
The analysis of the video takes the direction of defining sex fromthe biological and social perspectives. While the biologicaldefinition of sex draws upon scientific factors such as hormones andgenes, the social definition draws upon social and culturalconstructs of the contemporary society. Nevertheless, the animationand the discussion in this paper demonstrate that the economics ofsex matter a lot. By using the supply and demand curve explanation,there is a description of the notion that there are more womenfolkthan menfolk in the market for a serious relationship. This isbecause the men have a tendency of picking women who will satisfytheir sexual desires and that they have to engage in the practicebefore making relationship decisions. On the other hand, women areless choosy on matters of sexual attraction and do not use sex forpleasure, rather than emotional satisfaction.
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