ERIC Number: ED193717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Intersexual Communication in American Culture.
Howell, William S.; King, Sarah Sanderson
Relationships between females and males are heavily influenced by the ways people perceive the possibility of sexual involvement. In the United States, a physical involvement across sexual boundaries is often conceptualized as a power relationship. Consequently, male-female sexual interaction may be perceived by the participants as a win-lose game. Participants in an intersex dyad tend to structure this relationship either as negotiation to establish a balance of power (an attitude labeled type A), or to view their communication as a joint venture for mutual benefit (type B). These motivations and attitudes predispose the emergence of win-lose or win-win games as the norms of their interactions. Men and women both fit the descriptions of types A and B and their behavior follows similar patterns. Type A women may be sex teases or may achieve marriage by making a deal with sexual power; type A males may behave like a version of the sex tease who keeps sex at a superficial gamesmanship level. Becoming a type B man or woman in the U. S. requires much critical thinking and effective self-persuasion, but most of all it requires a willingness to be open in a relationship. (MKM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (30th, Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).