Sexual literacy is the knowledge, resources, and skills that support pleasurable and a healthy sexuality. Sexuality is a sophisticated part of everyone, it comprises of the psychological and physical reaction for intimacy and pleasure. People’s sexuality has a direct relationship with religious inclination, culture, and family traditions. All these factors affect people sexually. People’s sexuality changes with experiences, people’s health condition, and age. Sexuality has three levels; first is the desire of being sexual. Second is Excitement, which is whereby one undergoes a state of sexual stimulation. Finally, there is the organism, which is the peak of sexual pleasures. However, in the event that one of these stages does not function, there exists a sexual disorder. Therefore, human sexuality can be described as the way one experiences the erotic and, at the same time, presenting themselves as sexual being. This affects one’s reactions to sexual attraction to the people of the opposite sex; and the same sex (Diamond, 1997).
Precise usage of media and politics plays an extremely vital role in the public awareness. On the same note, if the media is not responsible enough, it can have an acute negative influence on the entire society. Therefore, it is crucial noting that media has remarkably important effect on the society. On a day-to-day basis, most people spend time watching and absorbing the messages, which media creates with an intention of teaching and entertaining the public. A recent American survey carried out by the University of Southern Carolina discovered that people spend an average of 10.5 hours daily on media related material. A quarter of this time is spent when two forms of media are running. A Kaiser Family Foundation research discovered that 68% of young children of below the age of 2 years spend an aggregate of two hours daily watching Computers and Television sets, while children below the age of 6 years spend as much time watching televisions, as they do playing elsewhere.
In many cases, the media displays information that talks more about women, men, relationships and their sexuality that goes hand in hand with traditional stereotypes of gender. The men dominance, aggression, and their increased appetite for sex continue to be evident. The portrayal of women is humble, submissive, loving and sexy, but normally not sexual. Sex between people of different genders is a usual reaction of sexuality. In providing the messages, the media works along the way in directing the youth, as far as their decision making is concerned (Beach, 1977).
Young women end up contracting HIV/AIDS owing to the reason that, they fear that the public might judge them. The public has labeled the young women, who seem to know much about sex as “sluts” and “whores.” Most women are concerned about the public so much that they would risk having sex without protection, than being seen purchasing the condoms. In trying to avoid the chances of losing their virginity and end up being referred to as “sluts,” they might engage in oral sex in trying to impress their male counterparts. Young women also fall victims of stereotypes, where they give in to their masculine counterparts demand without inquiring about their partner’s health information because of the fear that they appear childish.
In conclusion, if media and politics are employed in the correct manner, it can play an extremely vital role enhancing public awareness. Most people have a tendency of following the daily happenings from the media. The media portrays the sense of responsibility by providing the public with educative programs, bearing in mind that growing children are also audiences to their program.
Beach, F. A. (1977). Human Sexuality in Four Perspectives. Bailtimore: The Johns Hopkin University Press.
Diamond. J. (1997). Why is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality. New York, NY: BasicBooks .