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Strong+et+al._Perspectives (reading 1)

Strong+et+al._Perspectives (reading 1) - CHAPIER OUTLINT...

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Unformatted text preview: CHAPIER OUTLINT s.\rdhtt. l'aprltt ( ultun,. dnl thl U r , r I , ! . , . \ r r ' \ i 1 ! , , , , , \ l , , \ ! 1 . , , r l ) i , r r r , \ . \ . r l l l r l ' , , , 1 sc\L.l)tvAtto\ (:dtbtsdrl I in,\ t o t k L . l N o r n t t , t , t l \ ^ m i i L r , \ , r n , r r , ) . 1 t , r , 1 , , , . . I <'L\uaL' ' \ ws o'\cE HTDDEN from view in ouJ culrure: Fi8 led!es covered J lhe "private parls" of nud€s; poultry breasts wem renamed "white meat", censorc prohibit€d the publication of the works of D. H. Lawrence, James loy€e, and Henry Milier; and homosexuality was caled "the love that dares not speak its name." But ov€r the past f€w generations, s€xuality has become more open. ln recent years, popular culture and the media have trareformed what we "know" about s€xualiiy. Not only is s€xuality ,ot hid- den from view, it often seems to surround us In this chapter, we examine popular cutture and the media io see how they shape our ideas about s€xuali9. Then we look at how sexuality has been tr.ated in different cultures and at different times in history Finally, we examine how socieiy defines various aspects of our sexuality as natural or MediI Media may n kissint explici lence) edly a Th€ with I n€8ab reP0r Ma nate I M( (Mar 'rrry cditic SEXUALITY. POPULAR CULTURE. AND THE MEDIA Much of *xuality is influenced and shaped by popular culture, especially the mass media. Popular culture presents us with myriad images of what it means to be sexual- But what kind of sexuality do the m€dia portray-for our consumption? What messages do thc media send about sex to children, adolescents, adults, and the a8ed? To mcn? To women? To Whites, African Americans, Litinos, Asian Ameri€ans, and other ethnic Sroups? Perhnps as important as what ihe media portray sexually is what is not poftayed- masturbation, condom us€, and erotic marital interactions, for example. lmag!, ofsatdlitt p.hedt. o0 tu i- et!, aualizing ou .neitudm.rt. Think about the sdual inages !o, ee ot hear in a 24-hout pctb<]. what n.*gcs rlo th.! @nnunicat about s^uali\? Eiac Sma indi ual poF per rea tain weI I 'Ihe S ' i i r l i t | t ' l l t l a I l t i r ' . r n l t l L M t n , 1 Media Portrayals of Sexuality Media depi.tions ot se\u.lit! ire not ns ob\ ious and srrnighiforilard .rs we may iniii.rlly think. On tclevision, n)r e\.rnrplc, wc ife Lrsualtv prescnted ililh visu.rt jmages ihat suggesl but clo not sho\ s.\u.l .r.ri\ iii$ other lhan tissing If the oyics, n w er r.nrge of sulnl Lreh.vn'.s is shos,n m)re erpliciilv "Ste.my sc\ sccnes ind lunale nudit\' (,ltcn conrbin(d $ irh !nl lence) a.. p.rt ol the lknllnlu)d fornrula n)r suc.ess. ("Ho't c.rn ivc pur more iits and c , lsicl int() ihls nlor n ?" rh(' dir€.h,r ol |,ijn. /,rstj),(1 kynr edlv askcd, upon Nilking ontl) the set lZc!in, l9e2l.) The m!sic inclushv is arvish x'ilh scrurl inr.rges....
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