Lecture 3 Notes
Lecture 3 Notes SOC 343
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Date Created: 09/29/15
Sexuality as Scripted Outline What do Simon and Gagnon mean when they argue that quotthe doing of sex even when alone indeed the very capacity for sexual arousal as we know it requires elaborate and sequential learning that is largely taken from other domains of social lifequot Rather they state that Indeed when it comes to what is quotsexquot Overall meaning To answer this question it is rst necessary to state what Simon and Gagnon mean in generawhich includes at a minimum They disagree with the common sense notion of the average layperson that Indeed without a script genitals would still erect and orgasms would still occur but sex as we know it would not automatically occur Speci c points Second it is necessary to review the research and theory from class readings to list pieces of evidence that support their position that quotsex is not coitus and coitus is not innate but rather the only thing that is truly innate is the ability to have penile or clitoral erections and orgasm For example 1 Scripting Relevance Simon and Gagnon state that the event behavior thought organ must be de ned by society as sexual in order for it to be experienced as sexual This implies that a Point ofSupport An act behavior situation will NOT be de ned as sexual by a person if the sexuality script for that society is not operative Example For example the man in the hotel the gynecological exam etc involve behavior that technically should be labeled sexual but are not because the sexuality script for the society is not operative b Conversely they argue that a behavior WILL be de ned as sexual even if it is not if the person thinks that the sexual script is operating Example Recall the example of the table leg if a person thinks that they are rubbing their leg against another thinking the sexuality script is operative they will become aroused even if the behavior is nonsexuaI rubbing leg against a table eg c Relate point and example back to support for SampG s point that sex is not coitus and coitus is not innate lE lf sex were simply coitus and innate then we would expect physiological arousal to occur in response to certain physiological cues regardless of whether the societal script is operating Note Each of the 10 points must have an example and end with a sentence that explains why CrossCultural a Point ofsupport Research suggests that there is no one behavior that is de ned as a sexually arousing b foreplay or c sex in all cultures Examples c Relate Back to SampG point that sex is not coitus and coitus is not innate FT Historical a Point of support b Example c Relate Back to SampG point that sex is not coitus and coitus is not innate Fragility of script Having to quotlearn to likequot sexual behaviorssex as de ned by the script Feral children monkeys and humans raised in isolation Monkey wire mesh mom developed virtually no skills at all that they would still know how to copulate without ever being in society was not able to copulate with female monkey when was in heat and did not copulate even though they thought it was instinctual Neither was exposed to what they were supposed to do with their genitals in terms of coitus heterosexual Amorphous arousal in infants and children Aspects of childhood sex play including proportion of same and opposite gender play and degree of curiosity 9 Placement of primary source of orgasm in female 10 Using Simon and Gagnon39s framework in one paragraph outline how you as a sociologist would de ne quotsexquot and why 1 Drawing on Simon and Gagnon at a very minimum we are led to the insight that sex is de ned as whatever society says it is 2 However we are also pushed to ask questions such as 0 what is an orgasm what are the different types of orgasms possible 0 what are the functions of orgasms a do they serve regulatory functions b Are they just a simple a discharge or release of built up tension or do they release raw uncongested or unadulterated free owing energy in a way that re ects and reinforces our connection to life connection to more than us c Do they re ect passion connection to others o Is a penile or clitoral erection always sexual Is an orgasmejaculation always sexual when it occurs from fear as a baby during sleep when breastfeeding at death 0 How does one culture come to label only certain touch of some parts of the body between some people as sexual and in such a different way from other cultures
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