Sex in the Media/?The Animal Odd Couple?

This is a collection of 4 pages that will be examples of sex or sexuality portrayed in the news, in current events
(such as a website where you can find out about current events), in sociopolitical issues, and in educational
websites. Identify a category for each page: news, current events, sociopolitical issue, and educational.
Each page should be one issue, for example, page 1 will be about sex related issue in the ”news”. Page 2 will be
about sex related issue in the ”current events”, etc…
Each one page entry must have:
Title or topic with accurate publication or other source information *A mindful, well written summary of the
item with
content description
comment on its accuracy and validity
possible implications (effect the item might have, how to may affect people, etc.)
your personal reaction to them
*Examples of how each paper should look is attached! Please take a look at each one. They are only example
stories, but the format should look similar.
*No plagiarism
*Please include source on each page!

Cyrus B. Student
Current Events HSCI 310

Title: The Animal Odd Couple
Source:; 03 January 2009 id=4696315n

Summary of Sexuality-related Content:

This was a video clip about the unusual platonic relationship between an elephant (Tarra) and a dog (Bella) housed at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. It described their typical activities, i.e., that they eat, drink, sleep, and play together. When Bella suffered a spinal cord injury, despite having 2700 acres to roam, Tarra stood vigil in the corner by the office where Bella was being treated. After three weeks, the caretaker brought Bella out to see Tarra, and Bella wagged her tail for the first time since the injury occurred. She recovered fully, and now they are closer than ever. Their relationship was said to be one of mutual trust, with no fear, secrets, or prejudices.

HSCI 310 lecture and text address components of intimacy and relationships as well as pairings that may be unseemly to the general public, e.g., bisexual, gay, interracial, intersex, lesbian, transgender, etc. Just because a relationship is atypical or unappealing to someone else does not minimize its importance and meaning to the individuals involved. This report reinforces the concept of diversity in nature. It is consistent with reports re: intelligence and emotions, e.g., grieving, of elephants.

Most people would probably just see this as a heartwarming story, or perhaps focus on the humanity involved when the dog was injured, i.e., not putting it to sleep right away, but allowing and supporting its healing and recovery. Sans prompting, they may not make the connection with diversity.

My overall response is positive and affirming. The comparison to human relationships and interaction probably comes from having considered different aspects of intimacy and making a deliberate connection with the Health and Human Sexuality course.

Name: Date: 18 November 2016

Formatting, Source Information, and Writing Quality:
_____ 5: All instructions observed; error-free; well done upper-division university-level work
_____ 3-4: Minor discrepancies
_____ 2-3: Discrepancies, inconsistencies detract from presentation
_____ 0-1: Blatant disregard for formatting, inadequate source information, and/or poor quality

Description, Accuracy, and Implications of Content:

_____ 5: Mindful, clear summary, potential implications, and personal reaction
_____ 3-4: Some question re: conceptual understanding regarding content, implications, reaction
_____ 2-3: Major flaws in reasoning or explanation; difficult to determine focus, meaning
_____ 0-1: Confusing, little or no comprehension re: topic, potential implications, reaction

Category / # Formatting Summary Points

1. News 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 ____

2. Current Events 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 ____

3. Sociopolitical Issue 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 ____

4. Educational 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 ____

5. Humor 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 ____

6. _______________ 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 ____






Sex in the Media Sally B. Student
News HSCI 310

Title: SUV Rapist
Source: CBS Eyewitness News; DirecTV Channel 2
11 p.m.; 16 January 2009

Summary of Sexuality-related Content:

Riverside, CA women were being warned about a man who, on at least two occasions, ran his sport-utility vehicle into their cars. When the women got out of their own cars to investigate the damage, he sexually assaulted them. Fortunately, in both instances, the women were able to fight the man off. The perpetrator was described as an African-American male between 5 7 and 5 10 tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He had a distinctive haircut with three lines and a partial star shaved onto the back of his head.

It is generally assumed that news reported on network television is as accurate as can be determined by the reporters and editors of the program. HSCI 310 lecture material indicates that rape occurs every 6-7 minutes in the United States. Attempted rape and other forms of sexually related violence are probably not included in that statistic.

This piece reinforces the necessity of being aware of potential danger at all times. The premeditated, calculated nature of these crimes indicates that the perpetrator is aware of his actions and mentally astute enough to select potential victims among traffic. Since the news story did not include any type of victim profile, it must be assumed that any female driver could be vulnerable. Whether the general public is in tune enough to consider the potential ramifications of these crimes may be questionable, i.e., many people would hear the story, perhaps even comment on it, and then not consider themselves vulnerable.

My overall response is one of fear and outrage. However, processing and discussing this kind of item might prevent a mindful individual and/or family member from experiencing such an assault. I made it a point to discuss this with my family in the context of awareness and personal safety.

Sex in the Media Quasi M. Student
Educational HSCI 310

Title: Holistic Sexuality Diagram
Source: Dr. Dennis Dailey; Planned Parenthood Federation of America
HSCI 310 Handout / Blackboard Course Document

Summary of Sexuality-related Content:

This diagram presents an ecologic viewpoint of human sexuality as a construct. It addresses five different aspects of sexuality, i.e., sexual identity, intimacy, sensuality, sexualization, and sexual health and reproduction. Each aspect is broken down into four to ten sub-topics for discussion and future consideration. The diagram provides for sex-related attitudes, values, and feelings to be addressed in individual, family, cultural, identity, religious, legal, professional, institutional, scientific, and political contexts.

The diagram is attributed to a reputable, national entity, i.e., Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Its author, presumably a professor emeritus in the Department of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas (Lawrenceville), taught human sexuality and provides internet advice on matters related to human sexuality ( Let s Talk Sex with Dr. Dennis Dailey, ).

At first glance, the image resembles a mathematical Venn diagram. Non-visual learners or casual observers might miss the point or have difficulty assimilating the various aspects of sexuality it presents. Conversely, students of human sexuality, when required academically or given the opportunity to explore the bases and foundations of sex as an academic discipline, will perceive connections between sexuality and many other aspects of human health.

I like the diagram because it presents a visual representation of the dimension of sexuality from an ecologic perspective. It delves into this one dimension just as one might delve into the overall concept of health through the Ecologic Theory.