Dating scripts psychology
In fact, sexual script theory was first developed in the early 1970s, as social scientists noticed that many behaviors, including sexual ones, followed certain socially-constructed scripts. Traditional scripts around sexuality hold that 'normal' men and women follow traditional gender norms.
That is, men act like men and women act like women.
But there are some problems with cultural-based scripts.
They are often heteronormative (meaning that they focus on heterosexuality), when there are many people who are not heterosexual. The cultural scripts then are translated into interpersonal scripts as people interact with others.
According to sexual script theory, our ideas and behaviors regarding sex are also written into a script.
This script isn't literally written out in paper, but is given to us through society.
To some people, the idea that men go after what they want in the bedroom, while women hesitate around sex, sounds pretty old-fashioned.
In this lesson, we'll examine the sexual script theory, including what it is, how scripts develop alongside society, and how they can influence individuals and couples.
Julie is a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. If she wants to go on vacation, she books a flight.
But when it comes to sex, Julie doesn't always go after what she wants.