In the lens of Jean Baker Miller, the author of rational cultural theory (RCT), contextual and social cultural factors dictate individual’s sexuality (Comstock, et al. 2008). Issues surrounding an individual’s life including environmental factors tend to shape the future of one’s sexual life. Arguing from this sense, one would settle that healthy sexuality look different for men than it does for women. In any given social setting, cultural aspects tend to differ from one community to the other.
As noted by Miller (2012), in his book Toward a new psychology of women, individual inclination to the cultural aspects tends to influence the person’s interpretation of healthy sexuality. In this sense, clinical as well as psychological interpretation of individual sexuality should put into consideration all the surrounding cultural aspects.
The definition of healthy sexuality would not be the sane for all people because factors such as gender, culture, and age tend to dictate the manner in which a person would interpret social activities (Miller, 2012).
Sexual culture, for example varies from one community to the other. Moreover, every family plays some instrumental role in influencing child’s development thereby contributing to social values of that individual at late life stages. It follows, therefore, that generalization of healthy sexuality deprive individual considerations or values.
Comstock, L. D. et al. (2008). Relational-Cultural Theory: A Framework for Bridging Relational, Multicultural, and Social Justice Competencies Journal of Counseling & Development. Vol. 86.
Miller, J. B. (2012). Toward a new psychology of women. Boston: Beacon Press.