Sexuality in 2017 – Insight from a Born-Again abortion doctor
If you’re choosing to write your essay on a topic of sexuality because you believe that subject alone will guarantee to set your piece apart – because you believe sexuality to still be taboo enough to raise eyebrows, then this article is about to burst your bubble. It’s 2017 and there are more sexual orientations, gender identities, and romantic inclinations recognized than there are colors in the rainbow. The run of the mill “born this way” vs. “made this way” arguments are moot and have been addressed by practically every angle/point of view possible.
Even those directly associated with the politics of gender and sexuality are tired of hearing the same discussions. Speaking with religiously inclined abortion doctors (yes, they do exist), it’s easy to see just how complicated and multifaceted these issues can be. The individuals caught in between the crossfire of these social controversies can not always be perfectly pigeon-holed into one side or the other. Like the born-again doctor who makes a living by performing abortion surgeries. She understands the pro-life movement and believes in the sanctity of life, but she can compartmentalize her religious beliefs and her professional obligations. She can do her job without compromising her morals – and hers is the type of story that should be highlighted in modern day discussions of sexuality.
Not that this is meant to dissuade you from taking on the subject of sexuality, on the contrary actually – it’s to inspire you to dig deeper into the vast well of information and debates that modern day sexuality offers us. It’s time to get creative and boldly speak about matters that have continually been swept under the run – or, better, shoved into the closet.
Interesting Topics for Essays on Sexuality
First up, the subject of teen pregnancy
Yes, it’s true, this topic has been a popular one over the last decade or so, however, considering the current political climate, the subject can easily be revamped. With all the debates regarding women’s access to reproductive health and religious freedoms that would allow schools to abstain from teaching sex-ed, there is plenty of pertinent information that can still be mined from this matter. Instead of simply discussing the rise of teen pregnancy rates in certain areas vs. others, or attempting to explain the rates in regards to social matters, take a look at the issue from a broader view. An example thesis could be; “By examining both the shifts in American politics and the rise/fall in the rates of American teen pregnancy, one can conclude that the two are intrinsically linked.” And here are some statistics to legitimize this claim:
– According to a study done by the Guttmacher Institute, teen pregnancy rates declined 41% between its peak in 1990 and 2005.
– According to the CDC, “birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005.”
– According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, in “2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15-19 years, for a birth rate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is another record low for U.S. teens and a drop of 8% from 2014.”
The timeline of these rates correlate quite closely with the shifts in American presidents. The birth rates were at a steady decline during the Bill Clinton years (democratic rule), then began to rise again under the Bush administration (republican), and was then at an all time Low during Obama’s second term.
How far back does this pattern go? When was the last time the pregnancy rate dropped under a republican run White House? These are all important points that can be discussed in this essay.
The next issue on the list is the argument of gender inequality
Gender inequality affects all of us. Whether you’re a Hollywood actress making millions less than your male counterpart, a transgender teen fighting for bathroom rights, or even just a sis-gendered individual who participates in the American workforce, chances are, you’ve experienced gender inequality in some form or another. Gender inequality is not just about the wage gap anymore – it’s much more complex. If this subject interests you, your first step should be to narrow down your focus. With such a diverse and plentiful topic as this, it’s important that you keep your thesis very specific. Here are some examples of focused arguments and statistics that can help you get started.
– Should Transgender individuals be allowed to enlist in the U.S. military?
– According to a study done by the RAND National Defense Research Institution, as of 2014 it was estimated “that there are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender personnel serving in the active component…. and between 830 and 4,160 in the Selected Reserve,”.
– Should businesses be required to provide longer, paid maternity leave? Should businesses be required to provide paternity leave at all?
– Jay Zagorsky, a research scientist from Ohio State University Center for Human Resource Research in Columbus, recently had an interview with Reuters Health, in which he stated:
“Currently, only about half of all materiality leaves are paid, but there has been a slow upward trend … At this rate, it would take roughly 200 years for the U.S. to catch up with 98 other countries that require working women to receive at least 14 weeks of pad time off after a baby is born.”
– How do we go about closing the wage gap? What are the predominate contributors to the gap? How does the gap affect women differently based on their race/ethnicity?
– According to the IWPR, if change in the wage gap “continues at the same slow pace as it has done for the past fifty years, it will take 44 years – or until 2059 – for women to finally reach pay parity. For women of color the rate of change is slower: Hispanic women will have to wait until 2248 and Black women will wait until 2124 for equal pay.”
The third topic is the ever controversial discussion of human anatomy…
Specifically the female anatomy.
The male anatomy is sexually interesting too, and there are plenty of essay topics that can circulate that subject, but none as currently politically charged as those found under the veil of female anatomy.
The topic of female anatomy has long been taboo and has only recently made its way into the public sphere. The “sexual revolution” of the 60’s and 70’s shed light on the previously ignored notion that women too enjoyed sex. For centuries, sex was viewed in the U.S. as a means for procreation, and nothing more – if you found it to be fun or pleasurable, well that was just something you kept to yourself. Even as we grew out of this puritanical outlook and started to be a bit more realistic about our bodies, sex was still a very male-centric act. Until recently, that is.
With this newfound sexual freedom for women (and men), there have arisen a few issues and concerns – many of which are just ripe for the essay topic picking.
– The evolution of sex-ed. – how the female anatomy, sex, protection, and abstinence was taught then vs. now.
– A comprehensive look at birth control – how it works, what type is most effective, and whether or not male birth control will ever be a thing.
– Radical Mastectomies – the social affects of these surgeries and at when is pre-emptive action not worth the side-effects.
And here are two that include the anatomy of both sexes, just for good measure:
– How does sexual response activate the nervous system?
– Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvis – the differences in male vs. female pelvic structure and how they evolved.
Finally, it wouldn’t be an article about sexuality based essay topics without us covering, arguably, the most contentious one: abortion.
Abortion has been a heated controversy for decades now and it is an issue that is far from being resolved in the U.S. On one side of the debate, we have the pro-choicer’s who have demonstrated time and time again that they will fight tooth and nail to protect Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. And, on the other side, we have the pro-life movement, whose followers promote the sanctity of life and equate abortion to murder.
Considering the immense following both sides have acquired since the dawn of this debate, it’s clear that there is something appealing about each side’s case. That being said, the moral argument of abortion has been argued far too much and it always boils down to an individual’s personal belief – which makes it hard to cultivate a convincing argument. There are, however, plenty of interesting aspects regarding abortion that can make for unique essays that are worth writing.
– Are there any circumstances, in which a woman should, for the sake of her own life or the baby’s life, be forced to have an abortion? If it’s known that the mother or child will run serious risks were the pregnancy to advance, should the law be able to intervene?
Example thesis statement: If it is medically proven that a woman’s choice to not terminate her pregnancy will result in death or serious injury to herself and the baby, she should be strongly encouraged to have an abortion, but never forced.
– What do abortions actually cost? How much money does Planned Parenthood spend on abortions vs. in other areas of female health?
Example thesis statement: Because Planned Parenthood implements a number of medical practices and offers many more services than just abortion, defunding the organization simply on the basis of the pro-life argument is illogical and will negatively affect hundreds of thousands of women who are not even pregnant nor considering an abortion.
– Should the subject of abortion be a mandatory part of sexual education in schools? What exactly should the lessons on abortion include? At what age should these subjects be covered in school?
Example thesis statement: Because the subject of abortion is so personal and, for many, intrinsically linked to religious beliefs, it should not be included in the public school’s sex-ed curriculum and rather, should be taught to children by their parents.
– Should there be a limit on how many abortions a woman can have in a lifetime? Assuming the abortions are not done out of safety, should there be a cutoff number? If women exceed this number, should they be forcibly sterilized?
Example thesis statement: If a woman were to have multiple unplanned pregnancies, and have multiple non-safety related abortions, there should be issued a punishment or limitation to dissuade/keep her from having another.
All these topics and subject matters are really just scratching the surface – there are countless more tangents one could explore while writing an essay on sexuality. To name a few there’s
- The controversies surrounding porn consumption and the porn industry
- The evolution of human sexuality and the invention of “sex robots”
- The science of falling in love and what role sex plays in it
- How sex sells and its use in advertising
- The science behind sexual economics – how sexual orientation affects financial trends.
As politics and social norms shift, these arguments are bound to transform and expand. Not to mention, we as a species are making amazing medical advancements/discoveries every day – many of which will lead us to new information involving the intricacies of the human body and our complicated relationship to sexuality. We are complex and ever-evolving creatures, but most importantly, we are sexual beings who’s very existence relies on us acting on our desires. Because of this, there will never be a moment in human history in which sexuality does not play a massive role. The only real issue with attempting to discuss a sexual topic in your essay is that there is simply too much to talk about.