John Gagnon
Dr. John Gagnon of the State University of New York at Stony Brook
State University of New York at Stony Brook
The State University of New York at Stony Brook, also known as Stony Brook University, is a public research university located in Stony Brook, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island, about east of Manhattan....

 is a sociologist and sexologist. Gagnon and William S. Simon
William S. Simon
William S. Simon has been the president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S. and executive vice-president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. since June 29, 2010....

 developed the concept of sexual scripts, which posits that a person's sexual behavior and experience of that behavior is influenced by their subjective understanding of their own sexuality. Their work is largely based on symbolic interactionism
Symbolic interactionism
Symbolic Interaction, also known as interactionism, is a sociological theory that places emphasis on micro-scale social interaction to provide subjective meaning in human behavior, the social process and pragmatism.-History:...

. This symbolic interactionism is based greatly on what they call "cultural scenarios" which help guide behavior throughout the lifetime.

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