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sexual norms of each generation. Movies and then television have always depicted ideal- ized versions of romance and sex, desire and pleasure, and life itself. At first, sex could only be hinted at in films, and even deep kissing was considered highly risky; nudity was taboo. Because people realized the influence movies could have on sexuality, they started
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Know Yourself 72 Musical Genres and Sex Symbols Music often has romantic and sexual associations for people. Consider how music from the following musical genres might remind people about romance and sex. Note that some of the singers listed either were or are sex symbols in the United States. Blues Big Band Jukebox Samba/Chic Jazz Rock and Roll Pop Swing/Classic Disco/Soul Soul Early Country Rap R&B New Country Adult Rock Bessie Smith 1920-1930s Frank Sinatra 1930-1940s Johnson Sisters 1940s (wartime) Carmen Miranda 1940-1950s Miles Davis 1950s Elvis Presley 1950-1970s The Beatles 1960-1970s Frank Sinatra 1960-1970s Gloria Gaynor 1970-1980s Marvin Gaye 1970s Patsy Cline 1950-1960s; Johnny Cash 1950-2000s Eminem 1990s; Wiz Kalifa 2012 Rhianna 2000s Carrie Underwood 2000s Lady Gaga 2011 Now think about how your favorite music links to your own sexuality. Is there one song that blends your desires, identity, and sexual behavior together? How does your current choice of music relate to your own sexuality? Has this music ever put you into a romantic mood? Have you ever gotten sexual to the sound of this music? Do these lyrics come back to you when you are being intimate with someone? Do you associate a particular song with someone you care for deeply, perhaps from when you first met? Have you wanted someone to share a song that is dear to your heart? Do the songs you love communicate what you feel or do they just provide you with a ready-made line or lyric when you need it? Whatever your answers to these questions, music can play a large role in how we experience sexuality. censoring and rating films in 1934. Censors often read scripts and barred steamy roman- tic scenes, as well as imagery of couples seen simply sharing a bed. Classic movies such as Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), and The Grad- uate (1967) have shattered the shared idealized images by depicting new notions of love, sex, and romance (Table 3.1). Some films explicitly challenged taboos about homosexuality (Brokeback Mountain, 2005) and marriage ( The Kids Are All Right, 2010), for example. TV shows made between 1950 and 1970 were subject to heavy censorship because of the rigid sexual and gender norms of the times, as well as other social and cultural taboos. For example, when Elvis Presley first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956, the cam- eras were allowed to film him only from the waist up, because the way he swiveled his hips was considered highly sexual! Even in TV sitcoms in the 1950s and 1960s, network censors sanitized sexuality. Mas- culinity and femininity were highly stereotyped on television as well, due to strict gender and
Sexuality, Media, and the Internet Ta ble 3.1 Grou nd brea king movies in shared sexua l imagery MOVIE YEAR HOW IT BROKE NEW GROUND Gone with the Wind 1939

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