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Historical Deviant Sexual Behaviors

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  A number of these deviant sexual behaviors do not cause harm to the victim but are rather just a source of nuisance. Even so, deviant sexual behaviors have been associated with negative impact on the health status, psychological functioning and interpersonal functioning of victims (McAnulty & Burnette, 2006). Behaviors such as prostitution risk the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and other infections (WHO, 2005). The affected victims could be affected psychologically, causing anxiety and fears. The victims could also find it difficult to relate with other people, especially those resembling their perpetrators.

It has also been observed that some deviant sexual behaviors propagate deviant behaviors and fantasies. Williams et al. (2009) give the example of pornography which promotes aggression and rape tendencies among men. Such tendencies lead to sex crimes which could lead to prosecution in a court of law. A majority of these acts are also criminal in various countries and could as such land the perpetrators to jail. Even though largely considered to be negative, these behaviors could also deter perpetrators from engaging in harmful crimes. Specifically, nuisance sexual behaviors with no harm to the victim give the perpetrators satisfaction without resorting to alternative harmful behaviors (Mahmut, Homewood, & Stevenson, 2008).

Holmes and Holmes (2002) also observe that some of these behaviors, including transvestism and infantilism, help in reducing stress for the practitioner which propagates healthy living. Theories of HomosexualitySocial theoryFrom the philosophical social constructionist perspective, sexuality depends on behaviors and attitudes. One’ s sexual identity, which is far much greater than the object of erotic attraction, is created, bestowed and maintained socially. Sexual behaviors and roles are a product of the moral, religious and ethical beliefs in a culture.

Heterosexuals are so because of their behaviors and attitudes towards people of the opposite sex.  

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  • Pages: 9 (2250 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Sociology
  • Level: Undergraduate
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