Grounding Theoretical Frameworks and Concepts. Social constructionism is a theory of knowledge that holds that characteristics typically thought to be immutable and solely biological—such as gender, race, class, ability, and sexuality—are Social constructionist view on sexuality of human definition and interpretation shaped by cultural and historical contexts Subramaniam We do not mean to say that bodily variation among individuals does not exist, but that we construct categories based on certain bodily features, we attach meanings to these categories, and then we place people into the categories by considering their bodies or bodily aspects.
For example, by the one-drop rule see also page 35regardless of their appearance, individuals with any African ancestor are considered black. In contrast, racial conceptualization and thus racial categories are different in Brazil, where many individuals with African ancestry are considered to be white. This shows how identity categories are not based on strict biological characteristics, but on the social perceptions and meanings that are assumed. Did it mean the same thing in the late 19th century?
James Kiernan inbut its meaning and usage differed drastically from contemporary understandings of the term. In other words, heterosexuals were those who were attracted to both sexes and engaged in
Social constructionist view on sexuality for pleasure, not for reproduction.