Sexual Scripts Within and Across Cultures
Other such analyses have explored whether, when, and why people decide to have sex, and so on. This book instead focuses on how the sexual interaction itself is culturally scripted to occur – what sequence of events takes place after a couple have decided to have sex. While the first half of the book catalogues sexual scripts in a general way, based on geography and sexual orientation, the second half is framed around sexual discourses associated with some degree of shame and social stigmatization. The book ends by addressing the hegemonic perpetuation of mediated sexual scripts across cultures and the role of sexuality in fourth-wave feminism.
Mediated Eros is suitable as the primary or secondary text in seminars on media, culture, and sexuality, and would also be of interest to journalists and freelance writers whose work explores the sociocultural construction of sex and the sexual self.
Chapter 6: Kinksters, Swingers, and Other Weirdos: Media Depictions of Alternative Sexualities
· 6 · kinksters, swingers, and other weirdos Media Depictions of Alternative Sexualities “Hushed snickering … Gasps, giggles, and the occasional jaw drop … Looks of secret acknowledgment and endearing shock” (Johnson, 2015). This is opening night for the kinkily erotic film Fifty Shades of Grey in America’s most conserva- tive city—Mesa, Arizona—where The Guardian’s correspondent Katie Johnson is on assignment to observe the audience reactions. What she finds in the dark theater is a typical mix of Western machismo and sexual insecurities—and a show of lights that offers a fictional promise to resolve them! Mainstream audiences have tacitly been looking up to the movie screen for sexual help for at least a hundred years. But this time, it is different. The portrayed sexual acts are ones that have long been stigmatized and associated with outcast sexual minorities. Yet, nobody has condemned Fifty Shades, boy- cotted the showings, and picketed outside movie theaters. Audiences are all in—entranced by the sights of handcuffs and whips, and the sounds of fake moans. Writes Johnson about her observation in Arizona: “They were com- pletely absorbed by acts that are never discussed in casual conversation, or not in Mesa anyway” (2015). Welcome to the Era of Fashionable Kink, in which a movie about a bil- lionaire (male, of course) with an obsessively controlling disposition and a submissive virgin (female, of course) premiered during the 2015 Valentine’s 146 mediated eros Day weekend. The movie production followed years of mass hysteria over a poorly written trilogy,...
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