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A Rough Guide on History and Human Sexuality

Posted by: webmaster2 on Friday, September 03, 2004 - 05:05 _PRINTPrinter friendly page  _EMAILFRIENDSend this story to a friend
The History Of Human Sexuality

By Kelly Cristine Barbosa Cherulli
Psychologist and Sexologist


History and sexuality intertwine almost to the point of flummoxing evolution. But there are some better and less accidental justifications for such an emphasis o­n sexuality.

Written evidence tends to confine sexuality down to obscurity. It’s thought that our ancestors draped themselves with protection from weather exposure in mind, but with a great degree of concern for their genitals. Genitals were never deemed obscene, being barely covered. Literally records make it all too easy to forget the existence of the Phallic Cult-Object. Worship of the Phallic Cult-object may be the oldest religious cult in the world.

Sex took center stage in many ancient cultures. Epic narratives and chronicles tell us of warriors turned heroes and prostitutes as beholders. Decorations likewise ceramics depicted regular life moments with plenty of sex innuendoes in that men and mythological creatures mingled in mesmerizing orgies. In relation to togging, history has it that Egyptians worn rather loose seeing through garments to ward off from extreme heat. The Egyptian women customized make up (cosmetics) wearing which was lately adopted by other civilizations. Their notions of aesthetics sprang out all over the Mediterranean region followed suit mostly by upper class Roman citizens.

Nudity was held in such high regards and bisexuality viewed with leniency by the ancient Greeks.

Rome, by and large, was known for its strong views o­n nudity and prostitution. And yet, prostitution got institutionalized attracting women from all walks of life.

The Romans had their orgiastic Saturnalia taken to extremes becoming so violent and luscious to the point of prohibition. It took place at the wake of Christianity. In fact, Christianity came along by incorporating rites and ceremonies from established Roman religion services. There were theoretical elements in the subjection of women and a large contribution was made to them by the Church. In part this was a matter of its traditionally hostile stance towards sexuality. Its teaching had never been able to find any justification for Sex except the link with reproduction of the species. Yet this not all there’s to be said. Other societies done more to seclude and oppress women than Christendom.

Virginity explains much of it. There is some presumptuous evidence for the view.

Virginity was of little value before the Middle Ages. It’s believed that it began to gain importance between the IV and XV centuries. It’s then that nobility members began to attribute values of economic and commercial trading. Merchants in turn would pay dowry, so as to claim commodities purchase integrity. Virginity consequently gained momentum becoming a symbol of status for all social-ranks. The state of archeological and historical scholarship also reflects and further explains the concentration of attention o­n virginity. Religions have had and still influence in the formation of the human sexuality. The concept of sin shoveled down our throats throughout so many generations rendered sexuality extremely permissive. Millions of people must have been affected by the changes so far described. Many questions ranging from homosexuality and masturbation to abortion and contraceptives have suffered with such transformations and poise cause for major controversy. The importance of sexuality nevertheless lies in the way it laid down the lives of even larger numbers today, rather than its impact in Antiquity.

Anyhow, schools of thought and customs of various peoples played as a part as decisive in establishing such a code of conduct for the human sexuality. Along with the sensorial and climatic elements as the survival factors of a particular epoch.

Based o­n that, o­ne may affirm that sexuality is the net result of a cultural and ethnical melting pot as well as religious impingement and financial dominance.


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