There are many social and environmental factors that affect sexuality today. Let us look at two of them.
One of these factors is a physical factor. Although we do not know exactly why, girls are generally reaching puberty more quickly today than they did in the past. This is probably caused by some combination of factors having to do with the physical environment in which we live today. This has, it can be argued, caused our society to become more sexualized. Since girls’ bodies are maturing when they are as young as 9 or 10 years old in some cases, they are exposed to more issues that relate to sex and sexuality at a young age.
Another factor is more social. This is the fact that women are now seen as more equal to men in all ways. In the past, women were seen as in some way uninterested in sex and sex was therefore not a topic to be raised in polite company. Today, we believe that women are equal to men in more ways. Included in this is the idea that they are sexual beings and that it is therefore acceptable to refer to sex openly in public. This has helped to lead to a situation in which sex permeates all aspects of our culture.