Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Sex Talk


Here's an interesting article about adolescent sexuality. Are boys really sex-obsessed goofballs? Are girls unfortunate victims? Any thoughts after reading this article?

6 comments:

period2Nikhil said...

id like to note that whoever chose the image is awesome

period7adarsha is unoriginal said...

I second Nikhil's point.

I also would like to note the blatant gender-based assumptions that have become commonplace in our society-namely, guys are RRRAAAGGGEEE-ing testosterownage maniacs and that only girls are unfortunate victims. This article points them out nicely, and (sort of) disproves them. I would like the author to take a firmer stance against the common stereotypes though.

Period7Lisa said...

i agree with both Nikhil and Adarsha, i felt that this article was not necessarily well titled, i expected something more overwhelming that made me really want to believe it. I've never really thought that all boys thought about was sex, especially since at some point every boy at College Prep has thought some about his education and classes, along with many other things. Basically I thought this article could be stronger, make people believe what this offer was saying, in order to do this I think the author needed to really stress the point that is trying to be made.

I sound like an English teacher :O But it is an interesting topic, i just didn't really like this article.

Period3_Talon said...

There was one thing in particular that disturbed me about this article. One boy stated: "They treat us like we’re perpetrators — we have sexual needs but we also have other needs." The problem I have with this is that he used the phrase "sexual needs." Although sex is an enjoyable and relaxing experience, I do not believe that it should be referred to as a need. It's not as if sex is a vital necessity to life like water is. Ok well, life would not exist if it weren't for sex, but the boy makes it seems as if a lack of sexual activity is detrimental to an individual. It is this kind of thinking, I believe, that drives people to commit crimes like rape. I believe people use the excuse of sex being a need to justify their behavior at times. Some people may call sex an addiction, as for many people that can be. If sex is an addiction that becomes a need, then a crack addict can say that their addiction to drugs is a necessity. The boy most likely is not a sex-addicted rapist, but I believe that his choice of referring to sex as a need may not have been the best thing to say.

Period3_danielokelly said...

Ya I agree with Nikhil, Adarsha, and Lisa. Many people, especially girls, have some preconceived notions that guys have way too much testosterone. Yes there are those male individuals who find sex, or more so the idea, very appealing. Nonetheless, I found it interesting out the author mentioned that boys' treatment of girls can be influenced by boys seeing other men treating women. To finish my rambling, boys are not "potential predators." Our hormones can sometimes...get a little out of hand!

Eva 6 said...

I agree with everyone who posted. I felt that the article almost came down too strong on the males. It is true that majority of sexual assaults are men assaulting women, rather than the other way around, but the majority of men in the world can control themselves better than these individuals. It is true that the LH that stimulates testosterone in male testes creates more testosterone than it does in the female gonads, but that itself should not cause a universal stereotype against males.