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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Sarah Richards, Feb. 17, 2012

Sociologist Laura Carpenter delves into the intricacies of intimacy:

Researchers have tended to zero in on topics like adolescent sexuality or sex in the gay community, little snapshots that could be broken off and analyzed,” she said.

The trouble with that approach is the loss of the big picture within individual lives, the panorama of one sexual experience impacting another and having a cumulative effect.

“If you have an unpleasant virginity loss experience and feel bad about yourself afterwards, you may be less choosy about your next sex partner, who might not care about you or giving you pleasure,” Carpenter said.

“That might set you up for another situation where you’re unable to communicate about sex. People who aren’t able to communicate about sex are among other things, more likely to get sexually transmitted infections. Having a chronic sexually transmitted infection can be a pretty unpleasant thing, and certainly affects how you might respond to later partners and how they might relate to you.”


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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Bedford Wells, Feb. 17, 2012

A good segment on the impact of social media on the moral decision making among teens and young adults — an area of sociological understanding that is becoming increasingly important.

Bedford Wells

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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Vittorio Masoni, Oct. 24, 2011

I would add that the understanding of our culture and of the cultures of other people, as well as the depth at which any culture is rooted is fundamental to many aspects of life. It is vital for the whole country, in order to make enligthened decisions in both internal and foreign policy.
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  • Bedford Wells Bedford Wells Oct. 24, 2011
    The CNN blog entitled, “America must learn from Germany - before it’s too late,” presents a scenario in which international cultural understanding of Germany could help forge more successful domestic policy towards the US manufacturing sector

    Why has Germany managed to retain and create research-intensive, high-wage manufacturing jobs while the USA manufacturing sector has lost 5.5 million jobs and 54,000 factories over the past ten years? Why hasn't Germany fallen prey to Asia's low waged base manufacturing model?

    One key reason is that Germany has put in place a strategic, well-funded industry research institute that forges partnerships in applied research in key areas. In other words, while the United States focuses most of its R&D investment on mission-oriented research (e.g., defense and health) or basic research, Germany focuses on industrially-relevant applied research that gives their manufacturers and technology firms a leg up in global competition. This is why almost one third of German firms in a 2009 survey credited their innovations to German government research and innovation policies!

    Understanding the culture of others, in this case Germany, must play a role in shaping US policy at home and abroad. More here…


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