"Sexual pleasure on equal terms": young women's ideal sexual situations

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title "Sexual pleasure on equal terms": young women's ideal sexual situations
Author(s) Elmerstig, Eva ; Wijma, Barbro ; Sandell, Kerstin ; Berterö, Carina
Date 2012
English abstract
The aim of this study was to identify young women´s ideal images of sexual situations and expectations on themselves in sexual situations. We conducted audio-taped qualitative individual interviews with 14 women aged 14 to 20 years, visiting two youth centers in Sweden. Data were analysed with constant comparative analysis, the basis of grounded theory methodology. 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 run”. An incentive to reach the ideal sexual situation was the wish to experience the well of pleasure. 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 youth´s sexual health.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/0167482X.2012.706342 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Host/Issue Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology;3
Volume 33
ISSN 0167-482X
Pages 129-134
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) female health
psychological wellbeing
qualitative methods
sexual health
women´s sexuality
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14643 (link to this page)

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