"Sexual pleasure on equal terms": Young women´s ideal sexual situations
2012 (English)In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISSN 0167-482X, E-ISSN 1743-8942, Vol. 33, no 3, 129-134 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: We wanted to identify young women’s ideal images of sexual situations and expectations of themselves in sexual situations.
Methods: We conducted audiotaped qualitative individual interviews with 14 women aged 14 to 20 years, visiting two youth centers in Sweden. The data were analyzed with constant comparative analysis, the basis of grounded theory methodology.
Results: The women’s ideal sexual situations in heterosexual practice were characterized by sexual pleasure on equal terms, implying that no one dominates and both partners get pleasure. There were obstacles to reaching this ideal, such as influences from social norms and demands, and experiences of the partner’s “own race”. An incentive to reach the ideal sexual situation was the wish to experience the source of pleasure.
Conclusions: Our research further accentuates the importance of finding ways to focus on the complexity of unequal gender norms in youth heterosexuality. A better understanding of these cognitions is essential and useful among professionals working with youths´ sexual health.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 33, no 3, 129-134 p.
constant comparative analysis/method; gender; sexual pleasure; sexual situation; young women
National CategorySocial Sciences Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21170DOI: 10.3109/0167482X.2012.706342ISI: 000307675100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21170DiVA: diva2:240831
funding agencies|Swedish Research Council|521-3003-5150|Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden (FORSS)||2009-09-302009-09-292013-09-12Bibliographically approved