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Is sexuality socially constructed?

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The human sex drive is innate, but our ideas of sexuality, attractiveness, potency and virility (in the abstract) all seem to be influenced by culture.

Mate selection is at least in part hard-wired. There are criteria that may be impossible to remove. However there seems to be good evidence that ideas of attractiveness/beauty are influenced by culture.

In some parts of the world, it is said that a larger belly is attractive because it represents material success and access to food. This makes the person with the large belly "fit" as a mate because he/she may have resources to offer beneficial to child rearing.

In other places where access to food is less of an issue, a smaller belly is a sign of health and fitness.

 

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