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

  • Eva Elmerstig
  • Barbro Wijma
  • Kerstin Sandell
  • Carina Berterö
Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 129-134
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology
Volym: 33
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Informa Healthcare

Abstract english

Objective: The aim of this study was to identify young women's ideal images of sexual situations and expectations on themselves in sexual situations. Study design: 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. 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 run". An incentive to reach the ideal sexual situation was the wish to experience the well 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.


  • Gender Studies


  • ISSN: 1743-8942
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