Oct. 30, 2015
Sexual myths are falsehoods about sexuality that are spread throughout our culture. Many of these sexual falsehoods carry strong undertones of prejudice sexism, racism and homophobia that rob individuals of their individuality. Common stereotypes include "men are all dogs," "women are less interested in sex," "gays are promiscuous," certain races are frigid or hung, and certain sex acts are indulgent, effeminate, or immoral. Others clearly function as tools of organizations or of religious or political figures to shape public opinion through dogma and to control their followers' lives. It all boils down to miseducation and misguidance.
Some sexual myths work like a horror film knowing perfectly well it's fake, we still allow ourselves to get scared. An example is the myth that masturbation will make you go blind. We know it's ridiculous, and yet we might still let ourselves feel a certain apprehension because there's something inherently frightening about sexuality. Especially in adolescence, when we try so hard to conform to programmed norms, familial, social, or institutional and it's scary when puberty hits and we discover how differently we are wired.
Sexual myths are meant to provide a map through chaotic times. But mythical maps reflect the culture creating them more than universal truth. During the Middle Ages, a time when much was unknown and to be feared, sexual myths reinforced fear of the unknown with theories that today seem terrifyingly ignorant. For some people today, porn can be one of the biggest sexual myth machines that exist, providing a template for sex that many people strive to emulate in real life for lack of a more educated, connective, and multidimensional sexuality.
We all need help at some point or another getting back on the right track starting with self responsibility and accountability!
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