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Sociol 2340, Week 2 Notes

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These cover Week 2's reading and class discussion of chapter 3 in the Seidman book.
Sex and Love in Modern Society
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Date Created: 08/30/16
Seidman Chapter 3: Social Constructionism:  Sociology, History, and Philosophy  Sociologist have researched sexuality from a social perspective o Reiss – women’s rising economic power provides female sexual freedom  Transition once women are employed and have more schooling  Women’s virginity makes them seem like good sexual partners, the most important factor UNTIL she has education and worth from employment o Gagnon and Simon – sexuality is socially learned  Scripts are the underlying norms for sexual behavior – what is an appropriate setting, how do you get their attention, where does your relationship need to be with the person  Norms of having sex with someone in a relationship is different than with a stranger – monogamy, media influences, frequency, a private setting (bedroom)  Plummer – homosexuality is learned through social interaction o May be stigmatized, or may be considered good or socially acceptable o Whether or not you act on something that you are feeling and how society labels that Sociological Theories on Sexuality  Weeks – Essentialism – sexuality is a basic part of being human o Constancy of essences (homosexuals and heterosexuals) found across societies and over time  How the essences are expressed varies by culture but they are found everywhere around the globe  Constructionism (Reality is socially constructed – Berger and Luckmann) o Sexuality is created by a culture – what’s sexual in one society is not necessarily sexual in another o Sexuality is a learned way of thinking and acting; we’re socialized into it over time  Oral sex has evolved over time – it used to be done in a marital context with a high degree of fidelity and commitment; now done to indicate affection, status, social approval  E.g., homosexuality has greatly changed over time; used to be a behavior not an identity (could have sex with a man and marry a woman, doing what you’re “supposed to do”)  Sexuality, gender identity, medical condition (stigmatized), affirmative identity  Michel Foucault – All societies create a discourse around sexuality o Elderly people having sex “doesn’t happen” o Grave robbers, cougars, etc. – negative discourse about crossing generational lines o Young people having sex and hooking up (middle and high school) – public health concern o Discourses are agents of social control – don’t want to be labeled th th  17 and 18 centuries – sexuality reserved for marriage only  19 and 20 centuries – more power given to non- familial institutions (criminal justice system, educational system) o Foucault favored sexual liberation – the right to express one’s true nature and identity  Seidman discusses the possibility of freeing society from the idea of sexuality o No longer an academic field/influence o People will no longer be labeled  Gay right movement put everyone in society into binary categories (gay or straight as opposed to fluidity) o Consensual adult sexual activity would not be associated with moral meanings o Sexuality would exist to create pleasure, create social ties, or act as sources of cultural creativity (social expression)  Do you believe it is possible to free society from thinking of sexuality as it currently does from having moral implications? Why or why not?


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