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Mediated Eros

Sexual Scripts Within and Across Cultures

Miglena M. Sternadori

This book makes a unique contribution to the field of media studies by analyzing the perpetuation of sexual scripts through news articles, films, TV shows, lifestyle magazines, advertisements, and other forms of popular mediated culture. Focusing on cultural differences between North America and Europe, the book catalogues and contextualizes common sexual scripts by looking at the ways in which people have or do not have sex, eroticize each other’s bodies, penetrate each other’s bodies, and give meaning to all these activities.
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.

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A The Accused, 18 advertising, 64, 93, 184–7, 190, 202, 220–2, 224 alcohol and drunken sex, 53, 184 Amelie, 91, 93, 136 An American Affair, 60 American Pie, 136 Americanization of sex, 49, 227 analingus, 108, 115, 117 anal sex, 62, 113, 116, 120, 133, 142, 147 ancient Greece, 21, 81–2, 104, 225, 229 antidepressants’ (SSRIs) effects on sexuality, 191–2 Antonia’s Line, 75 Are All Men Pedophiles, 61, 207 ars erotica (erotic art) 86, 93, 167 asexuality, 165–6 audiences, 170–1, 173–5, 186, 193, 201, 221 B Baby Doll, 201–2 Barry Lyndon, 106 baseball metaphor (in American sexual scripting) 26, 30, 50–1, 56 “bases” (first, second, etc.) 26, 51, 128 Basic Instinct, 8, 30, 53, 83, 157, 229 BDSM, 14, 107, 110, 142, 146–7, 149–50, 152–8, 161–2, 167 Betty Blue, 84 Billy Elliot, 61 Big, 17 bisexuality, 2, 111–3, 118, 120, 148–9, 157, 159, 173, 176, 192 Bitter Moon, 155 Blood and Sand, 7 Blue Is the Warmest Color, 121 Blue Velvet, 6 Bogomils, 78 274 mediated eros bondage, 147–8, 150, 155, 157–8, 162–3, 230 bottom shaming, 113–4 Bradshaw, Peter, 76, 84–5, 96, 122 breasts, 59, 60–2, 78, 89–90, 95, 111, 121, 231 Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 200 Bridesmaids, 82 Brokeback Mountain, 103, 109, 112, 120 Brooks, Gary, 54, 60, 66–7, 70, 73, 136–7, 232 Butler, Judith, 116 Buying Naked, 57 C casual sex, 64, 78, 82, 123,...

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