Cultural, Psychological And Partnership Facts Associated To
Female Sexual Disfunctions
Dr. Gerardo Gimenez Ramirez
Everything learned at school and through culture and society,
as well as all that’s passed down through your family
on morality, philosophy, ethics and religion is part of what
contributes to an individual’s development of their
own Normality Criteria. These criteria determine postures
and behaviors in all aspects of their lives. It is necessary
to remember that, through all this, we are expressing what
we think. It is a way to correlate the relation between social
and cultural facts with the psychological ones.
This process is performed individually and, as one of the
human aspects we involve in socializing is conforming as couples
and groups, a very particular and interesting dynamics originates
when confronting identical or different criteria.
One of the main parts of human beings is sexual life which
is now studied with huge interest due to it’s tremendous
scientific importante. Our sexual lives are being focused
on from different points of view because of the well-being
it supplies to our biology, mind and relationships. Sexual
criteria can confront phisiology (normal functioning of the
body) and make the individual get into conflict(s).
What was discovered gives evidence of the great influence
and capacity of social, cultural, psychological and relationship
factors that affect in a positive or negative way people’s
sexuality and well-being as well as creates sexual dysfunctions.
Women’s belief in the conception of the right to equity
has been marked and conditioned through social modernity though
they still carry some of the stigmas which affect woman as
an integral person (individually and socially).
As mentioned, there are very close relationships among psychology,
society and culture. To differentiate and separate one from
another when focusing and treating, is not adequate.
Some of these factors are:
- Moral, philosophical and ethical principles that are mainly
inherited from the family (generational transmission), but
also from teachers and professors on whom people typically
blindly trust considering them “models to imitate”
(when idealizing occurs). These principles, independently
of the source, are misconceived and/or misunderstood, and
perform inadequately on the formation of the normality criteria
and when facing female sexual physiology. But, as women
belong to groups and all their members share those criteria,
they tend to hold them strongly as time goes by and it is
difficult to them to understand any situation or information
in a different way.
- When talking about school education, sexual information
girls get is not enough or well oriented, what makes it
ineffective for their psychological, intellectual and sexual
- Latinamerican society, characterized for being “machista”,
determines a passive role, also submissive, of women concerning
relationship and sexuality. This makes women tolerate male
postures and requirements. The same machista pattern that
has affected lots of women, predisposes to those beginning
sexual active life, to see themselves on other women (because
of the present and an uncertain future), making them fear,
nor being expressive of what they think or feel, low self-esteem,
and depression. This is also valid for the moment women
want to express fully sexually, letting pleasure and desire
lead them to be active and do what their bodies want. Men
can critize her, even disqualify her, reject her, diminish
her, and abandone her.
- The previous aspect has to do with anticipation to failures
in women sexual perfomances, making them feel anxious and
having less probabilities to get pleasure and enjoy sex.
- The authority men have does not allow him to solve relationship
problems pretending they are always right and because of
the intrinsic tendency to avoid talking about conflicts
to other people, including profesional staff.
- Traumatic sexual experiences in women, during childhood
or adult age, with sexual offenders or their partners, cause
anxiety and resistance to sexual activities. This is also
valid when women get sexual trasmitted infections or suffers
- Fear to pregnancy also causes high levels of anguish
in women to enjoy sex.
- Religion considers that all sexual practice is a sin
if this is not aimed to reproduction. Women are more inclined
to religious principles, making them generate revulsion
towards sexuality, extreme and persistent aversion, diminishing
or repression of sexual impulses, desires or fantasies,
anguish and relationship conflicts.
- Love, feeling that is very much important to women, could
cause impairments when they perceive themselves “sexually
used” by their partners, as men are less affectionate
and try to have sexual intercourse since the very beginning
of the retionship, if it is the only way they want to feel
attached to women, or if men are married and just wish to
have extra retionships.
- Getting along very well with their partners is vital
to women. This originates from marriage concepts (it has
to last all life - till death do them apart - they do not
want be labeled as “divorced”, their kids are
the most important people for them and mothers do not want
to raise them up without a father for avoiding being blamed
by kids for that, a divorced woman is always sought just
to have sex, etc).
- If they get no satisfaction with sex, women are afraid
to express it to their male partners, specially if men do
not perform very well in stimulating before coitus or they
just want a vagina to penetrate forgetting that all body
can become erogenous, or if sexual life is very monotonous.
It is very difficult for women to stablish an extra relationship
involving just sex or feelings because of their sense of
faithfulness due to their own criteria, critics or social
- Abandonment, loneliness and recent deaths of beloved people
guide women to engage in unstable relationships or unusual
or unsatisfactory sexual practices.
When discussing Female Sexuality, it is imperative to treat
these aspects to make women aware of what can be impaired
in her and that they should seek for professional help to
resolve everything that affects them, added to the fact to
be able to change their point of view about sexuality or to
handle properly any sexual dysfunction they can be suffering