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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
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/16364
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): 170105 Gender Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920209 Mental Health Services
920410 Mental Health
920507 Womens Health
HERDC Category Description: C3 Non-Refereed Article in a Professional Journal
Other Links: http://theconversation.com/female-sexual-dysfunction-or-not-knowing-how-to-ask-for-what-feels-good-34651
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