My goal with this blog is to better understand the framework behind how and why humans interact with each other at the most basic of levels. I believe this requires a multidisciplinary approach. There is one main reason why I target human sexuality within this framework. My belief is that an individuals sexuality is the summary of what that individual considers most important when it comes to how and why that individual interacts with others. Although it is a practical approach to understand our interactions with others, I want to know how sexuality developed over time to become a practical approach in the first place.
As the structure of our societies change over time, so too do conclusions we draw about social constructions [within that structure]. As sexuality is a social construction, it changes with society. As such, we need a methodology that can adapt to this dynamic. The methodology and the resulting conclusions fit together like pieces of a puzzle. At the very least, we need both pieces to complete the picture. Here are the two methods I am using as I understand them.
Historical Materialism – Searching for the origin of a social construct within the framework of what drives human society forward.
Dialectics – Searching for arguments that are most logical within the framework of two opposing forces. In this case, social forces.
Historical materialism would ask where the origin of human sexuality is. How old is this social construct and how many developmental stages does it have? Under what material conditions did the human psyche evolve? Which evolved first, the human psyche or human society? Perhaps the two evolved in conjunction with each other? How do the answers to these questions impact the development of human sexuality?
Dialectics would ask what two opposing forces have pushed forward the development of human sexuality the most. Has human sexuality ever played a significant role in the socio-economics of human society? How is the relationship between the human psyche and human sexuality impacted by the opposing forces mentioned above? What kind of impact has the development of human sexuality under these conditions had on human society? Is it significant?
While historical materialism answers where a social construct comes from, dialectics answers the relationship that social construction has to human society overall. In terms of human sexuality, answering these questions could lead to a new perspective on the sexual relations in modern society. A perspective that could be more sophisticated than what genitals each individual has (i.e. the sexual binary). Perhaps it could even revolutionize the way we understand our sexual relationships.
What I am trying to say with this post is that I believe the amount of knowledge we posses about human sexuality today is pathetic. If we truly want to learn more, we need to give structure to our exploration of the topic. Without a methodology, any exploration has a far more difficult time producing any contribution to modern society whatsoever. While sexuality plays a major role in how we structure society (in my belief), we know next to nothing about how this concept developed in the first place.
Currently, I believe all this development lead to sexual fluidity for the human psyche and the sexual binary for human society. I do not believe such a contradiction could last for very long.
A Frolicker of Sexual Fluidity