By Miglena M. Sternadori
This publication makes a special contribution to the sphere of media reports through examining the perpetuation of sexual scripts via information articles, movies, television indicates, way of life magazines, ads, and other kinds of renowned mediated tradition. concentrating on cultural modifications among North the USA and Europe, the e-book catalogues and contextualizes universal sexual scripts via taking a look at the ways that humans have or do not need intercourse, eroticize each one other’s our bodies, penetrate each one other’s our bodies, and provides intending to these kind of activities.
Other such analyses have explored no matter if, whilst, and why humans choose to have intercourse, and so forth. This ebook as a substitute makes a speciality of how the sexual interplay itself is culturally scripted to happen - what series of occasions occurs after a pair have made up our minds to have intercourse. whereas the 1st half the ebook catalogues sexual scripts in a basic method, in accordance with geography and sexual orientation, the second one part is framed round sexual discourses linked to a point of disgrace and social stigmatization. The booklet ends via addressing the hegemonic perpetuation of mediated sexual scripts throughout cultures and the position of sexuality in fourth-wave feminism.
Mediated Eros is appropriate because the basic or secondary textual content in seminars on media, tradition, and sexuality, and may even be of curiosity to newshounds and freelance writers whose paintings explores the sociocultural development of intercourse and the sexual self.
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Extra resources for Mediated Eros: Sexual Scripts Within and Across Cultures
Conceptualizing Sexual Scripts Sexual activity is not entirely improvised in the moment, contrary to most people’s perceptions. Thoughts and emotions occurring during sex reflect decades of various social inputs. As the British band Frankie Goes to Hollywood sang in their hit Relax, a song clearly about orgasm, “live those dreams, scheme those schemes … when you want to come” (Johnson, O’Toole, & constructivist theoretical underpinnings 25 Gill, 1984). Indeed, dreams and schemes are good lay terms for sexual scripts.
Lutzen (1995) suggests than silences often contain just as much—if not more—interpretive potential than explicit discourses about sex. For the reasons outlined above, framing is arguably a theoretical sibling of script theory, including sexual scripting. Connell and Dowsett (1999) offer a convincing argument that both Simon and Gagnon’s theory of socially constructed sexuality and Foucault’s theorizing on the cultural history of sexuality should fall under the broad umbrella of “social framing theories” (p.
150); and “normative cultural contexts that give sex its meaning” (Kimmel, 2007, p. xi). At the psychological (rather than social) level, a sexual script can also be viewed as a “knowledge representation” or “event schema” related to sexual behavior (Lenton & Bryan, 2005, p. 484). As indicated by the above definitions, sexual scripts are experienced and enacted by individuals, but they do not exist in a vacuum. Reiss argues that scripts develop within the framework of a sexual ideology, which is defined by: (a) gender equality (referring to the distribution of power between men and women within a society); (b) sexual equality (referring to the presence or absence of a double standard of sexual permissiveness for men and women); and (c) potential for addiction and fear associated with sexuality—referring to the presumed power of sex to ruin lives and lead people astray, as portrayed, for instance, in the British film Shame (Canning & McQueen, 2011).