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The Social Organization of Sexuality

The Social Organization of Sexuality

Sexuality is a profoundly social experience, and sexual activities are best seen as complex, intricately interconnected social practices. Since the 1950s we have witnessed a great transition in the social organization of sexuality. The impact has been uneven both in the west, the epicentre of the transition, and in the rest of the world, but the impact has been profound.

Amongst the key elements are the following:

  • A democratisation and informalization of personal relations, accentuated both by globalization and cybersex, breaking the connections between sex and reproduction, sexuality and marriage, marriage and parenting, marriage and heterosexuality, and heterosexuality and parenting.The development of a new sense of sexual agency, especially on the part of women, but also among hitherto unorthodox, marginalized and minoritized sexual subjects, most famously LGBTQ identified peoples.
  • A reordering of the boundaries between what were traditionally seen as public and private activities, leading to the withdrawal of formal regulation from some activities (such as homosexuality) and the emergence of new forms of international regulation (for example, of sexual abuse, human trafficking and child pornography).
  • A heightened sense of risk, dramatized by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, but at root shaped by the breakdown of traditional patterns of life. This feeds into wider social conflicts, especially contemporary fundamentalisms.

Understanding these cross currents, and their cultural and political impact, is crucial to the ways we respond to questions of sexuality and health, and develop a sense of our needs and common humanity.

Speakers: Jeffrey Weeks
Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2011

WAS 2011

Trauma Relief: An Integrated Approach for Working with Sexually Abused Clients

Sexually traumatized patients often have problems with flashbacks, nightmares and avoidance. This workshop teaches an integrated method for trauma relief, combining knowledge from NLP, psycho dynamic therapy, cognitive therapy and modern trauma research. The method is based on the human memory storing system, which functions in the same way in all human beings. This means that the method easily can be used cross-culturally and for all gender combinations.

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Some Biblical Principles for Sexuality

To explore how sexual health and sexual ethics are represented in the Bible and how these are relevant to the 21st century. God created humans as physical and relational beings. Sexuality is a good, healthy element of that created physical relatedness, with three functions: relational bonding; mutual pleasure; and procreation. The biblical pattern for sexual expression which best accords with these functions is heterosexual monogamy.

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How should the Public Health Model be applied so it really contributes to improved sexual health for all?  Public Health recognizes three levels of prevention - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.  Primary prevention involves prevention of the disease or injury itself, Fluoride, Immunization, Education to avoid smoking and substance abuse. Secondary prevention blocks the progression of an injury or disease from an impairment to a disability. An impairment has already occurred, but disability may be prevented through early intervention.

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The limits of school-based sex education: Lessons from rigorous evaluations in the UK

The UK has among the highest teenage pregnancy and STI rates in Western Europe and strategies to reduce these outcomes have a high priority. This paper seeks to draw lessons from the rigorous evaluations of three sexual health initiatives: SHARE (a cluster randomised trial (CRT) of teacher-delivered sex education), RIPPLE (CRT of peer-delivered school sex education) and Healthy Respect Phase 2 (a quasi-experimental study of a multi-component Scottish national sexual health demonstration project encompassing youth friendly sexual health drop-ins, social marketing, branding, a parenting component and SHARE).

UNESCO Symposium: Cost, Cost-effectiveness and Scale-up of Sexuality Education

This symposium will focus on presentation of the results and discussion of a ground-breaking study into the cost and cost-effectiveness of sexuality education (SE) in six countries, commissioned by UNESCO in 2010. Why an economic analysis? Policy-makers all over the world, involved in decisions on school-based sexuality education (SE) programmes, are facing three important economic questions: what are the costs of developing the programmes, what are the costs of implementing and scaling up the programmes, and do the programmes provide value for money?