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Sexuality & Gender


liz hutchison

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of Sexuality & Gender

Sexuality & Gender
God created man male & female. (Genesis 1:27)
Why did God create males & females?
Why are limits placed on sexuality?
Physical Differences
Primary sex characteristics
Primary sex characteristics

Sexual organs present at birth and directly involved in human reproduction.
•Penis – male sex organ.
•Testes (testicles) - the male sex glands.
•Scrotum - external sack that holds the testes.
•Prostate gland - gland that secretes most of the fluid holding the male sex cells or sperm.
•Vagina - the tube that leads from the outside of a female’s body to the opening of the womb.
•Uterus - the womb in which the baby grows during pregnancy.
•Enlarged larynx (Adam’s apple)
•Deepening voice
•Facial and chest hair
•Coarser skin texture
•Large increase in height
Secondary sex characteristics
Secondary sex characteristics
•Onset of the menstrual cycle - monthly shedding of the blood and tissue that line the uterus in preparation for pregnancy when conception does not occur
•Breast development
•Mammary glands - glands within the breast tissue that produce milk when a woman gives birth to an infant.
•Widening hips
•Fat deposits
•Further growth and development of the uterus, vagina, and ovaries
•Growth spurt
•Pubic hair
•Estrogens - female sex hormones.

XX- chromosomes
•Androgens - male sex hormones.

XY - chromosomes
Environmental Influences
Sexual organs and traits that develop at puberty and are indirectly involved in human reproduction.
Parenting, surroundings, and culture on the formation of gender identity.
Mental - Cognitive
Male advantage in spatial skills.
More accurate in target-directed motor skills.
Better with shapes.
Matematical reasoning.
Female superiority in verbal skills.
Better in perceptual speed tasks.
Remember object placement & grouping.
Fine motor skills.
Mathematical calculation.
Gender stereotypes vary and are relative to the individual.
Emotional / Social
Communicate in a 'report' style.
Communicate in a 'relate' style.
Sexual Response
1. Excitement - beginning of sexual arousal
2. Plateau - physical changes beginning in first stage continue.
3. Orgasm - a series of contractions, the third and shortest phase of sexual response.
4. Resolution - body returns to a normal state.
Follows stages 1-4.
Refractory period - just after orgasm when a male cannot become aroused or achieve an erection.
Women can experience different patterns of sexual arousal.
There's no refactory period.
GENDER ROLES - Cultural expectations of being male & female.

GENDER IDENTITY - personal sense of being male or female.

GENDER STEREOTYPES - concepts held about gender.
Sexual Orientation
'What women don't understand about guys', Dave Barry
'How does the opposite sex respond? 'Greg Speck
Automatic cleansing once a month to prepare for new life.
God thought of everything.
Why does God allow intersexed babies to be born?
Condition of possessing both male & female sexual organs.


Sexual attraction preference for members of a particular sex.
HETEROSEXUAL - opposite sex
HOMOSEXUAL - same sex
BISEXUAL - both sexes
The Bible: What it says about homosexuality:

There are claims that the Bible does not really condemn homosexual behavior or that Jesus would not condemn this behavior. But let's look at what the Bible actually says.

The Bible contains 9 specific references to homosexuality: 4 in the Old Testament (Genesis 19:1-25; Judges 19:22-30; Leviticus 18:22; and Leviticus 20:13) and 5 in the New Testament (Romans 1:24-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; 2 Peter 2:6-10; and Jude 7). The passage in Romans, in particular is so clear that it seems to have been written by St. Paul in anticipation that people might challenge the idea that homosexual behavior is wrong (in case you don't get it, let me make it perfectly clear).
Homosexual behavior is always discussed in the Bible as a serious sin. It is often discussed in the context of idolatry. In that context it is listed among other particularly heinous sins as examples of how depraved one can become when idolatry is present. Idolatry is a most serious offense against God, and its seriousness helps explain why homosexual behavior was a capital offense in the Old Testament. Historical Christian interpretation has consistently viewed homosexual behavior as sinful. The modern word sodomy even comes from the biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah.

But it should be pointed out that what the Bible condemns is not personality traits such as feminine feelings on the part of a man (or masculine feelings on the part of a woman). It condemns the act of homosexual sex.
# Is the biblical view still valid?

One view, that the law in Leviticus was intended for the ancient Hebrews and does not apply today, must be considered. The Old Testament condemns as evil many things that are commonly accepted in the modern world (eating pork, etc.). It is helpful to understand the difference between CIVIL or CEREMONIAL LAWS versus MORAL LAWS in the Bible. While civil or ceremonial laws can and do change from country to country, moral laws do not change because they are rooted in the nature of man. The New Testament repealed various Old Testament ceremonial Jewish laws (Acts 10:12-15, Colossians 2:11-16, Romans 14:17). But, the Bible is consistent throughout on moral law, which includes homosexual behavior.
# What did Jesus say?

No specific sermon or story that Jesus may have given about specific homosexual behavior is found in Scripture. But an argument from silence would be incorrect. The Bible does not record that Jesus ever mentioned rape, incest, pedophilia, or other blatant sins by name either. But just because Jesus does not mention them, does not imply that we should commit these offenses against God and each other. Jesus is very clear on the proper marriage relationship (Matthew 19:4-5). There can be no mistaking what Jesus taught in this regard. In this passage Jesus is reiterating what Moses taught (Genesis 2:24) about marriage and family. Anything contrary to this—any sexual relationship outside of a committed marriage relationship between one man and one woman—demeans the institution of marriage and is unbiblical.

Jesus was quite clear about his contempt for sexual immorality (Mark 7:21). Jesus' teaching on moral issues in fact toughened and strengthened them, such as in Matthew 5:27-30 when he expanded our understanding of sexual sin to even lusting in our heart

Jesus didn't merely accept people as he found them—he turned people's lives around. After his encounter with Jesus, the tax collector Zacchaeus pledged to pay back his debts fourfold (Luke 19). And Jesus made it clear to the adulteress in John 8 to leave her life of sin.

Further, Jesus specifically said that he did not come to abolish the law (Matthew 5:17). Jewish law was quite clear on homosexual behavior. To suggest that Jesus would have condoned homosexual behavior is twisting Scripture for political correctness. http://www.faithfacts.org/christ-and-the-culture/gay-rights
Sexual disorder where the person's preferred method of sexual arousal & fulfillment is through unusual, socially unacceptable behavior.
Can they be cured?

BACTERIAL - Yes with antibiotics

VIRAL - No & there are other complications.

AIDS - No, but treatments can help.
Condoms don't stop STDs.
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