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ERIC Number: ED107751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-1
Pages: 27
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Inextricable Aspects of Sex and Race.
Butts, June Dobbs
Noting that the concepts of sex and race are interwoven into the fabric of American culture to such a degree that it is virtually impossible to separate them; this paper presents three major hypotheses felt to characterize American culture racially as well as sexually. For each hypothesis, specific examples are cited delineating the hypothesized interaction of two variables: sex and race. It is asserted that American culture is characterized by three great quests or pursuits, and that in each of them the concepts of sex and of race are so combined as to make separation impossible. They are, first, the "Quest for Power Dominance," secondly, the "Quest for Identity," and thirdly, the "Quest for Love." It is suggested that, in essence, sex education helps young people to both get in touch with their own feelings or even to come to the realization that one is not in touch with his or her sexual registration, and also to help the youngster to learn from others. Here, as with race, it is held that the inability to share ideas and to accept feelings which are different from one's own may come as a surprise to the individual whose chances to discuss sex had been severely limited. It is further asserted that young children especially need to be exposed to the ameliorative aspects of love and healthy sexuality. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Five College Black Studies Seminar Series (Amherst, Massachusetts, May 1975)