Sexuality as a social construct and the concept of sexual scripting

Laqueur(5) suggests that while the sexual biology remained unchanged, its expression has been influenced over the centuries by culture, social class, ethnic group, and religion. This concept, that human sexuality is a social construct, has been strongly argued by Foucault (6) and promoted by other social constructionist authors.(7) Gagnon and Simon(8) introduced the concept of 'sexual scripting'. Scripts organize and determine the circumstances under which sexual activity occurs, they are involved in 'learning the meaning of internal states, organizing the sequences of specific sexual acts, decoding novel situations, setting limits on sexual responses and linking meanings from non-sexual aspects of life to specifically sexual experience'. Money (9) employed a similar construction in his development of 'love maps' for the individual. While patterns of behaviour are influenced by society and social forces, there is a dearth of evidence to show that sexual identity, orientation, or sexual mechanisms are also influenced.

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