Statement of Purpose
Throughout an American woman’s lifetime we are told to be lady-like, classy, sophisticated, non-masculine. We are taught that if we are like a man, we are unworthy. If we are sexual beings, we are manly; only men think of sex. As women, sex is taught to be for reproduction, not pleasure. But what if these ideals were not taught? What if sex were not socially stigmatized for women, but was praised as it is for men? Better yet, the question that should be the most focused on here is, if not for the social stigma presented to women, would they have the same sexual drive, urges, and thoughts as men?
I’m hoping that throughout my research I am able to discover the answer to these various questions. The basis of womanly sexuality, without the presentation of social stigmatization.
My interests derives from my early childhood. My parents always felt it necessary to be completely honest with me with every question I asked, including the question “where do babies come from?” Sexuality has always been at the forefront of my mind, especially because my parents did their best to be non-conformist when it came to matters of sex, gender, and overall sexuality. They wanted me to be raised with the ideal that sex was not a dirty topic or act, nor always an act of love – it was purely a physical act that could be represented in many different ways, often with dire consequences if not handled delicately. They also made it a point to raise my brothers and me as similarly as possible, keeping toys, wardrobe, etc. as gender neutral as possible. Since my childhood I’ve had an increased interest in sexuality, both for men and women, constantly wondering about the hypocrisy that lies within the two sexes.
As for personal research, unfortunately, this topic tends to be highly controversial, and due to ethical reasons can be difficult to pursue. The best that I have been able to do is personal interviews, one-on-one with friends, family members, and peers who have been insightful. Thankfully, Western Kentucky University also began a Sexuality Studies minor my freshman year of college and began to sculpt psychological and sociological courses to help benefit those of us who believe that sexuality is a beneficial factor in day to day life. Many of these courses have impacted the way that sexuality is viewed, and have begun to skew the overall mindset of many who take these courses.
If this paper is successful, I’m hoping that the significance is immediately recognizable. Women are sanctioned to believe that they are lesser of a...