This class is turning out to be pretty interesting and it’s only day 2

Posted: January 15, 2013 in announcements, Politics, Uncategorized, Updates
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First off, I almost wish I could have taken this in person versus taking the course online. Human sexuality is definitely pushing some limits for some people. My first official assignment was on sex and the media,and here it is:
View two of your favorite sitcoms and two music videos on television. Pay special attention to any content of a sexual nature.

For your original DB post answer all of these questions:

  • What messages are being communicated to the viewing public?
  • Are these messages realistic?
  • How can these messages be helpful or harmful to individuals and/or relationships?

Then, also respond to at least one other student’s DB post for this week.

From what I gathered, the song and the video both are very much about exploring your sexuality as a whole. It’s also saying that exploring fantasies and fetishes isn’t a bad thing, and if you want to do it go ahead and do it. This band is kind of famous for pushing limits. Being from a foreign country, they shocked the U.S. and were actually banned from being on U.S. soil for a long time.

They’re extremely realistic. It shows only very few types of fantasy scenarios that are out there, and that people who explore their sexuality like that are usually very happy with the results and truly enjoy themselves.
They could be helpful in the sense that it could encourage people to speak up about things they want to try. Honesty about anything and everything in a relationship is a wonderful thing. People who communicate wants and needs tend to have stronger, longer lasting relationships.
They could be harmful in the sense that there is absolutely no mention of doing anything safely, which can expose a person to a number of different diseases, and possibly an unplanned pregnancy.
With the first verse in particular, you see a man talking to people that he captured about being burned with cigarettes by a stripper. It’s almost like he wants to confess what he does. The lyrics and imagery together suggest that this man thinks he’s crazy, but likes what he does. However, there’s a small part of the person that isn’t sure if he should be doing what he does. This type of behavior is very common in serial killers, as most of them act out of some type of deep sexual frustration.
People with what would be considered strange sexual behaviors are very real. There have also been plenty of cases where the person just had an extreme thirst for power and control, and were more into making their victims feel completely helpless without even having to touch them.
This song is only telling a story, but the messages could be helpful in letting people know that there is some very dark and depraved type of behavior out there in the world. People can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist, all though they may want to. If you’re having thoughts or doing things you feel aren’t normal, you can always talk to someone about, but hopefully you don’t feel like you have to take something like this too literally.
*The first video is graphic in nature. I only provided links in case anyone wanted to see what I was talking about. You aren’t obligated to watch it.*
For the t.v. show I watched a couple of episodes of scrubs. There’s a character on the show that is like a walking sexual harassment suit, that gets into some trouble often. There were even a few doctors on the show that were eventually ordered to do sensitivity training due to some comments they made. Out of those couple of episodes, the show was essentially saying that you should be careful what you say and do at work, because anything can be misconstrued as sexual.Some of the things shown on this show are so realistic that it’s kind of scary. You see a decent amount of good medical reference, as well as a good amount of real life type of drama.

The messages in the show tend to be very helpful. There’s a recurring theme of honesty being the best policy, and that you should be open with partners and friends. There are also a lot of things on the show that show people things not to do at work, and what might be inappropriate behavior with a coworker.

I decided to just dive in and see what happens, because to be quite honest I really had no idea what they would actually teach in the class. I’m loving it so far, but I’m kind of expecting some criticism for some strange reason.


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