Gender roles and Sexuality: biology or culture?

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However, there are many other views outside of the United States and Western culture which suggest that gender roles and sexuality are constructed from culture rather than biology. The Polynesian, Thai and Euro-American cultures show how sexual preference is not limited to ones biological body parts and may or may not determine the gender role of any person...
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The practice of males whom take on feminine characteristics is deeply embedded in Polynesia. Unlike many other societies, Polynesia uniquely allows people to move in and out of gender roles and differing sexuality. "Sexuality, in particular, is associated with personal desire" (Nanda, 2000: 58). Polynesian people (especially the men) are able to choose their desirable sexuality at any given time; later on in life, their sexual desire may change, and therefore so does their gender role and sexual identity...
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