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 2. Look-Sees, Lysol, and Baseball: Heterosexual Scripts in American Popular Culture
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LOOK-SEES, LYSOL, AND BASEBALL
Heterosexual Scripts in American Popular Culture
On November 20, 1969, a Swedish import, a film titled The Language of Love, arrived in New York, only to be seized by the Commissioner of Customs two weeks later for alleged obscenity. Intended as a documentary and a marriage manual, the film contained interviews with four sexologists, including the Secretary General of the Swedish Royal Commission for Sex Education. However, some viewers had become disturbed by “scenes of oral-genital contact and other heterosexual activity that no actor or actress would ever have confessed knowledge of in bygone days of the silver screen,” according to the case summary (np).
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