SOS 2308 Nonverbal Communication Discussion

Instructions: Your original discussion post should be at least 500 words.  You must use concepts, theories, and research etc. from your book AND/OR from reputable internet sources (not Wikipedia) in your discussion.  You must also reply to two classmate’s posts.  One reply post will be a question related to the topic. You must cite them appropriately in the text of your post, for example a quote or concept from our book would result in this (Caroll, 2019) being at the end of the sentence.  There must be a reference list (including the assigned materials/items) at the end of your original post and your response posts.  In a reference list our book would look like this:

Carroll, Janell. 2019. Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity. 6th ed. Boston, MA. Cengage Learning. 

You will lose points without those citations and a reference list.

Also keep these tips in mind as you write:

You must READ and WATCH the provided material/items before posting.  Make sure you frame your answer using these resources and other relevant theories and/or research from the book.  **It will help you if you refer to your theory at the beginning of your response.**

Use theories, terms, and concepts accurately.

Provide examples that support your conclusions and analysis.  Research findings can be used as examples.

You can and should use the textbook and the course content videos in your answer.

**Discussion #1:

  • Read or Listen: (pay attention to the parts on microexpressions & gestures)
  • Watch:  Perspectives on Communication video (Go to “From Dr. Carroll’s Notebook” unit of Chapter 3. Click Perspectives on Communication to access the video.)
  • How is nonverbal communication important, and is it more or less important than verbal communication in a relationship?  How have modern advances in technology affected both verbal and non-verbal communication?  How have modern technology tools helped communication in relationships, especially those that are long-distance?
  • **Quick tip:  Remember to support all of your arguments with material from the book, video, course content or readings.**  And recognize that info with citations within and a reference at the end of your posts.

**Discussion 2: 


Watch:  Navigate to chapter 5 in MindTap. Go to “The Female Maturation Cycle” unit, and then go to “The Female Maturation Cycle” text. Video is included in the reading.

Many men and women in the video felt that PMS is an individual experience. Knowing that there are indeed hormonal changes occurring during menstruation, how do hormonal fluctuations affect women or menstruating trans men differently?  Do men know enough about periods to have an opinion about PMS? Why or why not?  Do men have “that time of the month” or experiences similar to women?  Explain.  Are the primary ways that we perceive PMS evolutionary, biological or cultural?

**Quick tip:  Remember to support all of your arguments with material from the book, video, course content or readings.**

**Discussion 3:




Think about early maturing boys versus late maturing boys….what are the benefits and drawbacks to each? How about girls…how do they benefit from maturing early versus late? What are the risks? How does early vs late puberty change our relationship with ourselves, our family, and our friends?

If you, personally, had a late maturing teen boy or an early maturing teen girl, how would you deal with the risks?  What specific things or red flags would you look out for in his/her life, and what experiences or techniques would be best to assist him/her through the teenage years?

[Puberty can be hard for transgendered teens as well.  If you would like to do some research on how timing of puberty affects transgendered teens, you are welcome to share your results here.]

**Discussion 4:

Read:  Transition to Parenthood (pdf attached to my first comment below)


In the social sciences, the “transition to parenthood” begins when a couple becomes pregnant for the first time and lasts until the child is about two. What are the relationship challenges that are encountered during the transition to parenthood?  How do men and women perceive the transition to parenthood differently, and how does it affect their relationship satisfaction?  We are told that wanting and having children is “normal” or even “expected” in most cultures, but what about couples who do not want to have children–what is their relationship and life satisfaction like?

[Note:  Of course, non-coupled or single individuals can have children or not have children as well–nothing wrong with that–but this particular question is about the transition to parenthood within a relationship.]

**Quick tip—I’ll be looking for specific information from these videos.**

**Discussion 5:

Watch:  Sex, Chronic Illness and Cancer (Navigate to chapter 14 in MindTap. Go to “From Dr. Carroll’s Notebook” unit). Interview with European oncosexologist—Dr. Woet Gianotten.

Do you believe that a person diagnosed with cancer or another life-limiting or chronic illness would still be interested in having sex? Why or why not? What benefits do you think an active sex life might provide in the last stages of life or with chronic illness? Do doctors in the United States encourage a healthy sex life in their seriously ill patients?  Why or why not?  Do you think they should?  Explain.  Dr. Gianotten believes that many doctors are hesitant to talk to their patients about sex and that many sex therapists are afraid to talk to their patients about life-limiting illness.   Why might this be the case?

**Discussion 6:


Watch: Kiki and the Kink (Navigate to chapter 16 in MindTap. Go to “From Dr. Carroll’s Notebook” unit.)

How do you decide whether a sexual behavior is “normal”? What is your definition of “typical” sexual activity, and where do you draw the line for yourself?  Do you think people should be allowed to engage in any sexual behaviors they choose, as long as they have positive consent? Explain.  If the majority of people feel that a behavior is distasteful, perverted, or abnormal, should we as a society stop anyone from engaging in it? Why or why not?

**Discussion 7:




Hardee’s advertisement

Body Positivity:

Body Positivity for Men:

First, analyze media messages about sex and sexuality. Why do you think “sex sells” when our culture traditionally has had a problem openly talking about sexuality? Give an example of sex/sexuality being used to market a product or service. Analyze the messaging in advertising as it relates to body image.  Provide an example of how cultural images of beauty or views of sexuality in modern society affect how men and women feel about themselves.

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