Thinking with the Body: Sexual Metaphors

Deborah Borisoff, Dan F. Hahn

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The language of sexual metaphors communicates cultural stereotypes which are incorporated into the behaviors of men and women. These influences are especially compelling in the realms of sexual behavior and the formation of intimate bonds. In this manuscript we explore the relation between the sexual metaphors and contemporary gendered behavior, including the possibility of escape from the semantic bonds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-260
Number of pages8
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1993


  • Binary discourse system
  • Gender and communication
  • Intimacy
  • Metaphoric expression
  • sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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