Chapter 5: HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP AND SEXUALITY
Assignment: Deadline : Friday: 2/11/05
1. In looking at the list of types of intimacy , which ones
do you feel are most important in a friendship? A significant other? A parent?
2. How can you recognize the difference between infatuation and love? How long do you think it takes to realize the difference?
3. Do you feel that falling in love follows the steps indicated by Helen Fischer? Why do you agree or disagree with her anthrophological view of chemistry of love?
4. Do you think men and women differ in the way they view relationship? Elaborate on your view?
5. Some relationship endure for a long time, whereas others do not. Discuss when it is appropriate for a relationship to end.
6. Do you think cohabitation couples should have the same legal advantages as married couples? Why or why not?
7. How have a gender roles changed over the past 20 years? Do you view the changes as positive for both men and women?
8. What behaviors are considered uniquely female, and which are considered uniquely male?
9. What is " Normal" sexual behavior? What criteria should we use to determine healthful sexual practice?
10. What are the similarities and differences in the female and male sexual response?
11. What part do emotions play in sexual dysfunction? cite some examples?
12. How does society view variant sexual behaviors? How are they portrayed in the media?
Healthy Relationships and Sexuality
From birth we are involved in a relationships with others. In this chapter, we explore intimacy, love, commitment, and passion in all forms of relationships. It is important that we understand what factors build strong relationships. This chapter also takes a look at our sexual selves, starting with the time of conception, when our sexual identity begins. How our caregivers treat us helps determine what behaviors are appropriate for our gender. Social constructs play an important role in how we express our sexuality. This chapter duscusses the biological , physiological, psychological , and social determinants of our sexuality. This chapter encourages building tolerance for others who may have different ideas about the type of commitment they would like to make and helps the student identify behaviors that feel comfortable.