Culture of sex
Though biology plays an important role, the way in which sexuality is expressed and acted upon is highly influenced by culture. Sexuality may be experienced and expressed in a variety of ways, including thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviors, practices, roles, and relationships. Some researchers believe that sexual behavior is determined by genetics; however, others assert that it is largely molded by the environment. Human sexuality impacts, and is impacted by, cultural, political, legal, and philosophical aspects of life, and can interact with issues of morality, ethics, theology, spirituality, or religion. Throughout time and place, the vast majority of human beings have participated in sexual relationships Broude
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The effects of societal value systems on human sexuality are, as has already been mentioned, profound. The American anthropologist George P. Murdock summarized the situation, saying:. All societies have faced the problem of reconciling the need of controlling sex with that of giving it adequate expression, and all have solved it by some combination of cultural taboos, permissions, and injunctions. Prohibitory regulations curb the socially more disruptive forms of sexual competition. Permissive regulations allow at least the minimum impulse gratification required for individual well-being. Very commonly, moreover, sex behavior is specifically enjoined by obligatory regulations where it appears directly to subserve the interests of society.
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Aphrodisiac, eroticism, homosexuality, narcissism, nymphomania, pederasty all these terms are derived from the language of ancient Greece which tells you something about its society. The myths of Homer and Plutarch told stories such as that of Aphrodite, goddess of sexual intercourse, who emerged from the foaming semen of her father's castrated testicles. Then there were the mortal heroes such as Hercules, who it is said ravished 50 virgins in a single night, but who also had an affair with his nephew Iolaus and fell in love with "sweet Hylas, he of the curling locks". From the early 6th century to the early 4th century, the culture of pederasty flourished in Athens, with adult men taking adolescent boys to serve as their lovers although how much physical sex actually happened is a matter of some debate. Women in ancient Greece were generally the property of men and rarely enjoyed the exalted status of the young homosexual partner.
Sex and Culture is a book by J. Unwin concerning the correlation between a country's cultural achievement and its sexual restraint. Published in , the book concluded with the theory that as societies develop, they become more sexually liberal , diminishing the Social entropy of the society, along with its "creative" and "expansive" energy, or capabilities to produce culture and gain power. In Sex and Culture , Unwin studies 80 different nations and 6 civilizations throughout history, examines their individual rises and falls, and concluded that the causes of which were largely determined by the loosening of sexual conventions and lessening of monogamous relationships.