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Title: Female sexual dysfunction or not knowing how to ask for what feels good?
Contributor(s): Hunter, Sally  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: The recently published Italian study suggesting women can only have clitoral, rather than vaginal, orgasms raises important questions about the medicalisation of female sexuality and sexual dysfunction. Many women would be happy to have an orgasm any old way, as University of Western Sydney researcher Jane Ussher points out, especially those who experience sexual difficulties. It's difficult to write about the topic of female sexuality without using negative language such as "female sexual dysfunction" or "failure" to orgasm. Much of what has been written about the female orgasm is based on phallocentric assumptions, such as that women "should" have orgasms through penetrative sexual intercourse with men. And if they don't achieve orgasm, there is something wrong with them. Many women have absorbed these culturally acceptable views and the ongoing medicalisation of female sexuality continually reinforces them.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Conversation (Health + Medicine)
Publisher: The Conversation Media Trust
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170105 Gender Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520502 Gender psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920209 Mental Health Services
920410 Mental Health
920507 Womens Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200305 Mental health services
200409 Mental health
200509 Women's and maternal health
HERDC Category Description: C3 Non-Refereed Article in a Professional Journal
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