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The Evolution of Female Sexual Expression

teaching for next week
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Matthew Schuler

on 28 November 2011

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Transcript of The Evolution of Female Sexual Expression

1980’s
Continued incline
Teen Sitcom
Growing Pains
Family Ties
Themes
Girls as setting boundaries & bringing up birth control
Girls as conflicted 1970’s
Significant increase in portrayal of adolescent sexuality
Family Viewing Code
Sexual expression
Flirting
Hugging
Kissing
Occasional allusion to sex
Humor
Education
James at 15
The War Widow (1976)
All My Children (1983)
Heartbeat (1988)
L.A. Law (1991)
Ellen DeGeneres(1994-1998)
Buffy (2003)
The L Word (2004)
Glee (2011) empowerment + initiation social status vs sex lucy, mary, jeannie, oprah, buffy, friends, city sex sexual revolution lesbianism from cultural

to cultural
Belief: there has been an increase in the acceptance of female sexual expression over time. media portrayal This is demonstrated through the increased expression of
1. lesbianism
2. adolescence,
3. initiation + empowerment
4. body image Television has been a medium through which we observe this progression. Television media has served as both a reflection and a source of influence for this progression. sexual adolescent sexuality mainstream network television lesbian characters vs. depiction
of relationship the evolution of female expression change in desire + attitude Overview
1950 – Today
Focus on females
Focus on themes & increased explicitness 1950’s
Television was for adults
Movies as entertainment medium
Sex was alluded to
Cannon firing
Waves crashing 1960’s
Balance sexuality with education
More sensitive to words than behaviors
Themes
Sex as battleground
Mother’s giving negative advice use of
body Overtime, media representation of female sexuality has become more and more explicit, as demonstrated by the overt physical display and use of their bodies.

Elizabeth Taylor Women of Mad Men Farrah Fawcet Madonna beyonce Halle Berry Whitney Houston 1986 Grammy Awards Jennifer Lopez 2011 AMA Janet Jackson SuperBowl 2004 Half Time Show Commercial Ads sex is different 1960s 1970s 2000s proscription
prescription Ex: “Boys don’t respect a girl they can go all the way with … your father never laid a hand on me until we were married and then I just gave in because a wife has to. A woman doesn’t enjoy these things the way a man does” Ex: “Boys don’t respect a girl they can go all the way with … your father never laid a hand on me until we were married and then I just gave in because a wife has to. A woman doesn’t enjoy these things the way a man does” 1990’s
MTV
Teen Dramas
Beverly Hills
90210o
Party of Five
Dawson’s Creek
Themes
Girls as passive and indirect
Girls virtue is connected to sexuality
Love as a moderator 2000’s
Continued incline
Themes
Sex is public
Sex as more casual erotic plasticity
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