Busting Myths About Human Nature. Sex can lead to fun, fights, babies, break-ups, make-ups and sometimes even disease.
Why is a basic biological behavior like sex so complicated for humans? Is that just part of our nature? Well, yes and no. For humans sex is not confined to genitals or even to purely physical contact.
For humans sex is a seriously complicated and totally biocultural act. It is never just about biological processes, ever. A bit of evolutionary and anthropological context helps us get a better handle on why sex is so complicated for humans.
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Our basic mammalian biology drives us to have sex of some form so we encounter all of the problems and benefits other animals have with sex. But, humans can talk about sex, we can use our big brains to reason through it--does this make it easier to navigate and negotiate? No, but it makes it much more interesting. But even for the simplest of critters, sex is always more than the tradeoff of gametes. To get to the point where you can exchange gametes you have to begin some form of negotiation. An organism has to navigate the local ecology to find a potential mate, convince the mate to exchange gametes and then, once the exchange is made, it does the best it can to set up another exchange or move along and find another potential mate.
So, even for the simplest animals, sex is more than an act, it is a series of events and negotiations with hard to predict results. So in spite of the complications and unpredictability, evolutionary processes have generated a number of physiological systems that ensure that organisms keep seeking sex, even when it seems a little precarious to do so. Since we are naturally interested in humans, we can move along to the other primates as a comparison closer to home in an evolutionary sense.
It turns out that in many primates sex is not only complicated, it is also frequently not associated with reproduction. Many primate species especially our closer relatives, the apes use sexual activity as part of their social repertoire.
Social sex can make friends, break friends, end fights, start fights, all in addition to the fact that sometimes it also ends up in reproduction. Social sex is an important part of being a primate.
It is no wonder that primates have more sexually transmitted infections than most other mammals…they have more sex. But does this tell us anything about ourselves? About our nature?
Yes, it tells us that because we are primates and amongst the most social of the primates, we are evolutionarily saddled with a complicated social system in which sex, beyond the exchange of gametes, is a central part. But wait, it gets even more complex.
prinipscalcere.cf The fact that sex can result in offspring is a central feature of our biology, but humans have known how to wiggle around that aspect of sex for a long time… reproduction underlies the physiology of sex, but by no means is it the main influence in most human sexual activity. Sex for human beings, in addition to being biological and social, is deeply cultural and thus extremely psychological. Every human brings with her or him a suite of embodied experiences to every sexual encounter and even to every thought, consideration, or fantasy about sexual encounters.
With all of this mess it is amazing we continue participate in, and enjoy, sexual activities…but we most certainly do. This tells us something about human nature: sex is really important in spite of its complexity and potential for social and physiological danger.
Because human nature is all about social intercourse , about connection and interaction between people, exchanges of thoughts and feelings, and sex is a central part of this system. Humans have a distinctively complicated, messy and elaborately cognitive way of having sex and that is part of what makes us one of the most adept, complex, and interesting critters on the planet.
With all this mess we continue to participate at sex..
It brings me to the time Jesus Christ and Mary met after the ressurrection After all that Mary still wanted to touch Jesus if I may.. Maybe so even more than ever Desire and validation.
Desire and frustration. Desire and boredom.
Desire and celebration. Desire and nostalgia. Where Dederer goes astray is to conflate the simplicity of the male orgasm with a simple—dare I say simpleminded? Female sexuality is complex, yes. Women are pressured to resist their sexuality, mask it, minimize it. We are taught that it is shameful and unladylike to speak our desires, even to our partners. We are taught to dress to reduce lust, except when we are supposed to be trying to inspire it.
We all know how horrifying the double-edged blade of societal expectation can be when it comes to female sexuality. Boys are taught that they are supposed to try to make it with everything that moves. They are taught that convincing girls to have sex with them is an important life skill see: The Game.