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Breaking the Silence: Reinforcing and Resisting Gender Norms Through Women's Masturbation


Abstract Based on the Foucauldian understanding that sexuality discourse operates as a powerful instrument for the regulation of societies and individuals, this research considers how internalized gender and sexuality discourses affect young women's embodied experiences of masturbation, and more broadly their sexual subjectivity and health. Drawing on interdisciplinary feminist perspectives on gender, sexuality, health, and embodiment, I examine female sexual health within a positive rights framework. That is, I view the rights to both sexual safety and pleasure as essential components of female sexual health, and conceptualize girls and young women as potential sexual agents. By asking young women about their lived experiences of self-pleasure,... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Frank, Elena (Author) / Weitz, Rose (Advisor) / Katsulis, Yasmina (Committee member) / Fahs, Breanne (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Gender studies / Women's studies / Social research / Embodiment / Female masturbation / Sexual agency / Sexual health / Sexual pleasure / Sexual subjectivity
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 430 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Gender Studies 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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