Heterosexual Deviance

Heterosexual - observer can have radically different meaning to the participants • Actions and other phenomena that are objectively different can

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Heterosexual Deviance (these ideas drawn from Goode, 1994-2008 chapter 10. See the disclaimer ) ESSENTIALSM VERSUS CONSTRUCTIONISM Essentialist Sees sexuality as an instinct or drive that demands fulfillment, an independent and powerful force. Sex is there ; it exists prior to the human consciousness; it is a natural force in the world that has to be reckoned or grappled with. This is the physiological or hydraulic model of sexuality, one that sees the sex drive as an unstoppable force of nature, much like the flow of water. Constructionism Overlaps with the symbolic interactionist approach How is sexuality itself constructed? What are the meanings that are attached to it? Behaviors or phenomena that may appear to be the same to an external
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Unformatted text preview: observer, can have radically different meaning to the participants • Actions and other phenomena that are objectively different can have very similar meanings to observers or participants. • Sexual meaning does not exist intrinsically or inherently in a given act. • Sexual meanings areassigned to phenomena or behaviors inparticular social contexts • Sexual meanings are often ambiguous and clearly problematic categories • Sexual meaning does not arise automatically from the nature of the act; it is the meaning that makes the act sexual in nature. • Sexuality does not shape our social conduct - social meanings give shape to our sexuality....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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