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  • The Right to Disturb
    • Authors: Roberto Refinetti
      Pages: 337 - 339
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-018-9501-y
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • “My iPhone Changed My Life”: How Digital Technologies Can Enable
           Women’s Consumption of Online Sexually Explicit Materials
    • Authors: Janet K. L. McKeown; Diana C. Parry; Tracy Penny Light
      Pages: 340 - 354
      Abstract: Digital technologies continue to change the ways women can access and consume sexual materials online, including pornography. Yet, limited research has considered the possibilities of digital technologies to enhance women’s access and consumption of online pornographic materials. In this paper, we use a cyberfeminist lens to examine women’s experiences consuming online sexually explicit materials, which most women defined as pornography including videos and images. In particular, we consider the ways women who identify as porn consumers can use digital technologies to enable and enhance their consumption of these pornographic materials. Drawing on qualitative, in-depth interviews with 11 women, our findings illustrate the ways women can use digital technologies to consume pornography online in ways that help them to fulfill their sexual needs, embrace and explore their sexual selves, connect in sexual relationships, and normalize their sexual desires.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9476-0
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Good Ol’ Country Boys Playin’ on the Farm: Online Articulations of
           Rural Masculinity by Men Who Have Sex with Men
    • Authors: Mick Brewer
      Pages: 355 - 379
      Abstract: This study seeks to fill existing gaps in the literature about the lives of rurally-situated men who have sex with men (MSM). Much work in this field grapples with identity construction and the unique contexts faced by queer, gay, or MSM in rural areas. This study explores the ways in which this population utilizes Craigslist as a means to articulate and perform rural masculinity. Findings suggest that MSM located within rural topographies often deploy culturally contingent masculine traits specific to rural cultural and geographic locations. The relationship that rural MSM have with the Internet is complex and dialectical in nature. The present study leads the author to conceptualize rural MSM’s relationship to both rurality and same-sex sexual behavior in two primary ways: (1) to queer or fetishize the rural, and similarly, (2) to ‘ruralize’ the queer.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9470-6
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Contextualizing Gender and Acculturative Influences on Sexual Initiation
           of Asian Indian Emerging Adults
    • Authors: Sneha Thamotharan; Sharon K. Hall; Hunter Hahn; Jamilia Blake; Sherecce Fields
      Pages: 380 - 390
      Abstract: Although Asian Indians represent one the fastest growing demographics in the United States, no studies exist on the sexual behavior of Asian Indian youth or its association with acculturation. Previous research has demonstrated a link between earlier sexual initiation and subsequent sexual risk and the role of acculturation and sexual initiation in other Asian groups. The present exploratory study examined gender and acculturation with regard to sexual initiation in Asian Indians (n = 37). Results reveal no significant gender differences in sexual initiation and total acculturation scores. Gender differences did emerge for the association among sexual behaviors and the influence of specific areas of acculturation on sexual initiation. Findings suggest that gender and acculturation may be important variables in understanding sexual behavior but that current acculturation measures may be insufficient to adequately assess acculturation levels of Asian Indian youth. Future research should focus on Asian Indians as an understudied minority group.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9472-4
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Investigating the Language of Sexting on the Social Media and Its Impact
           on Spousal Relationships in Nigeria
    • Authors: Olawunmi Omolara Oni-Buraimoh; Cordelia Olawunmi Adeyelure-Macaulay
      Pages: 391 - 404
      Abstract: Several scholarly works abound on the language of sexting and how it affects users’ lives. This study is an attempt to investigate the language of sexting on the social media and its impact on spousal relationship in Nigeria. Sexting is defined here as the sending and receiving of sexually inclined messages or pictures via any of the social media. We have purposively selected a screenshot sexting message of a popular Nigerian comedian. The methodology adopted is eclectic. We use pragmatic tools with insights from the epistemological and critical tools of philosophy. We also use ideas from semiotics to analyse the smileys in the text. We also conducted interviews with purposively selected educated married Nigerians to study the printed screenshot message and interpret the meanings they can deduce from the message. Findings reveal that the language of sexting is highly of coded forms. The discourse strategies used include: slang, ellipsis and smileys. The conversational pattern reveals a flouting of the conversational maxims of quantity and relevance. A lot of shared beliefs are also foregrounded in the use of the elliptical sign and slang words. The message attached to the screenshot message is a pract of warning with 3 speech acts: declarative, assertive and directive. Sexting is a common feature of new trends on the social media. It serves several functions for the chat partners. If the motivation for sexting is not understood, its practice could generate crises among spouses. Sexting opens up different angles for linguistic interpretation and its psychological realities cannot be generalized.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9473-3
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Centrality of Religiosity of Relationships for Affectionate and Sexual
           Behaviors Among Emerging Adults
    • Authors: Michael R. Langlais; Siera J. Schwanz
      Pages: 405 - 421
      Abstract: Emerging adults’ religiosity has been consistently linked with less participation in sexual behaviors as supported by cognitive dissonance theory. However, this association may be different when examining centrality of religiosity of relationships (CRR), meaning participating in and discussing religiosity and spirituality with a current or anticipated romantic partner. The goal of this study is to examine the influence of CRR for emerging adults’ affectionate and sexual behaviors. Additionally, we test if the association between CRR and affectionate and sexual behaviors varies by gender, given males’ more positive attitudes towards sexual behaviors compared to females. Data for this study comes from 284 emerging adults, ages 18 to 29 (mean age = 20.9 years; 70.1% female) from an area in the Midwestern United States. Results illustrated that CRR is negatively associated with affectionate behaviors, intimate touching behaviors, oral sex behaviors, and sexual (vaginal) intercourse. Additionally, gender significantly moderated these relationships. Male participants reporting low levels of CRR conveyed significantly higher participation with these sexual behaviors compared to males reporting high levels of CRR, whereas CRR did not appear to significantly alter female participants’ engagement with these sexual behaviors. These findings provide some evidence that CRR contributes to males’ romantic development and that CRR may increase intimacy in females’ romantic relationships, which could promote sexual activity. Other implications for religious and sexual development are discussed.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9474-2
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • My Sexual Entertainment, My Vote: How Attitudes Toward Condom Use in
           Pornography Related to Support for California’s Condom Law
    • Authors: Kyla Garrett Wagner; Joseph M. Cabosky
      Pages: 422 - 436
      Abstract: In 2016, Californians voted down Proposition #60, which aimed to mandate condom use in pornography. Using an online survey administered through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, this study assessed how California citizens’ sexual entertainment preferences and viewing behaviors relate to their support for regulation. Findings generally suggest some aversion to condom use in pornography, especially among heterosexual males. Data suggest the more pornography one watches, the more averse one is to condoms in pornography, as well more opposed to regulation. Results varied more by gender than sexual orientation. Implications for third-person effects in relation to highly stigmatized topics are discussed.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9475-1
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Medical Trainees’ Readiness for the Promotion of Sexual Health in
           Tunisia: A Cross Sectional Study
    • Authors: Manel Mâalej; Jihène Ben Thabet; Nada Charfi; Sahar Ellouze; Sana Omri; Nasreddine Zouari; Lobna Zouari; Mohamed Mâalej
      Pages: 437 - 444
      Abstract: In the Arab and Muslim countries, there are several taboos of sexuality. To overcome the latter, and to distinguish between cultural and scientific data, sexual education is a key measure, especially during medical studies. The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge of the Tunisian medical trainees and to identify their sources of information concerning sexuality. We conducted a survey among medical trainees of the faculty of medicine of Sfax, in Tunisia. An anonymous questionnaire was distributed to 171 and completed by 157 trainees (91.8%). The sources of knowledge about sexuality were: friends (81.5%; N = 128), internet (77.1%; N = 121), television and movies (68.2%; N = 107), courses at the faculty (40.1%; N = 63) and parents (22.9%; N = 36). The score of correct answers was higher than or equal to 75% for 28 trainees (17.8%). It was on average 63.3%. It was correlated with male gender (p = 0.006), being a second-year trainee (p = 0.017) and television and movies as a source of knowledge about sexuality (p = 0.008). Masturbation was considered pathological by 17.2% of participants (N = 27). A 5-min period of intercourse was deemed sufficient to have a female orgasm by 44 trainees (28%). Andropause and menopause are inconsistent with a satisfying sexuality according to 44.6% (N = 70) and 56.1% (N = 88) of the participants respectively.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9471-5
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Normalisation Versus Medicalisation of Sexual Disturbances During
           Menopause: A Qualitative Research in the Italian Context
    • Authors: Elena Faccio; Mariarosita Solarino; Roberto Vitelli; Sabrina Cipolletta
      Pages: 445 - 461
      Abstract: Past research has found consistent correlations between menopause and increase in sexual disturbances, but very little research has inquired into the attribution of meanings to this change from the womens’ own perspectives and the role of the negotiating between sexes in the social-construction of the problem. This study aims to investigate how professionals, women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder and ordinary people, both men and women, signify this phenomenon in the Italian context. Interviews were conducted by asking participants whether or not they considered the decrease in sexual desire to be a problem, and what this was dependent on. The analysis of the 146 participants’ answers revealed that women with sexual deficit emphasized the need for treating the biological changes of menopause; specialists considered both the gynecological and the psychological components, while ordinary people seemed to ‘normalise’ the problem, encoding it as the effect of menopause; they did not seem to be inclined to turn the situation into a call for help, suggesting the importance of sharing the problem within the relationship and underestimating the organic level of the question. The negotiation between sexes seems to transform a sexual problem into normality.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9477-z
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Aging “Hot”: Images and Narratives of Sexual Desirability on
    • Authors: Beth Montemurro; Lisa V. Chewning
      Pages: 462 - 478
      Abstract: As women age, their sexual desirability is likely to diverge from what is presented as most coveted in American society: youthful, slim but curvy, firm, and fit. Media rarely feature actresses over the age of 50 as leading characters and when they do, they are usually relegated to caretaker or partner roles and they usually conform to gender traditional stereotypes. However, more recently, there have been a few television programs that focus specifically on older women’s sexualities and feature plotlines that center on their desire and desirability. The premise of the program Hot in Cleveland is that desirability is in the eye of the beholder. Using a comedic format, the show highlights the tensions between media and celebrity fueled standards for desirability and “real life” desirability. In this paper, based on a close analysis of five seasons of Hot in Cleveland, we explore these competing messages about midlife and older women’s appearance and sexualities and the way comic framing both challenges and reinforces dominant narratives of aging.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9478-y
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Of Lust and Love: A Cross-Cultural Study of Sex and Relationship Advice
           Articles in Women’s Magazines
    • Authors: Reem Adib Lulu; Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff
      Pages: 479 - 496
      Abstract: This study offers a cross-cultural comparison of sex and relationship advice columns in contemporary women’s magazines. This study aims to investigate the prevailing messages and values women’s magazines promote to their readers and the way they present such values in relation to the norms and values of each society. Sixty advice articles on sex and relationships (ten from each magazine) were obtained online from six home-grown English language women’s magazines from three different contexts, which are, Malaysia, the US, and two Middle Eastern countries (Egypt and the UAE). In addition to analyzing the data for themes which are foregrounded, messages that are either backgrounded or omitted were also analyzed as scholars such as Huckin state that information that is backgrounded or even omitted say as much about a text and its values as messages which are explicitly foregrounded. The findings from the study reveal that there is a clear connection between the production of texts and the society the texts are set in. The writers of these texts are aware of the social norms and values of their society as they try to reflect that in the texts. Finally, the study finds that in all three contexts, women appear as empowered but this empowerment is situated within a traditional framework of male–female roles and heterosexist relationships.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9479-x
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Coming Out to Parents in Japan: A Sociocultural Analysis of Lived
    • Authors: Masami Tamagawa
      Pages: 497 - 520
      Abstract: While empirical studies on LGBT individuals coming out to their parents are common in Western societies, these studies are rare in non-Western societies. This article attempts to fill that void by shedding light on the experiences of Japanese individuals coming out to their parents. The coming-out narratives of Japanese LGBT individuals (N = 43) were examined. This study revealed three important findings. (1) Similar to the findings of studies in Western societies, Japanese LGBT individuals typically consider coming out to their fathers considerably more difficult than coming out to their mothers. Moreover, many study participants expressed the absence of a significant relationship with their fathers, even before coming out—making coming out to their fathers unnecessary. (2) Similar to the findings in previous studies, Japanese mothers’ responses are often reactionary and abusive; in fact, a disproportionate number of Japanese lesbian, bisexual female, and transgender Female-to-Male/X-gender individuals reported their mothers’ markedly negative, personal responses, illustrating why some were reluctant to come out to their mothers. (3) By contrast, Japanese gay and transgender Male-to-Female/X-gender individuals reported their mothers’ responses were comparatively undemonstrative. Also, they typically attribute their mothers’ negative responses to the fact that mothers are the solo overseers of heteronormative norms at home. Overall, Japanese LGBT individuals’ experiences reveal the gendered effects of Japanese sociocultural configuration, as well as the Japanese cultural implication of disclosing one’s sexuality.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9481-3
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Internet Use Associated Body-Surveillance Among Female Adolescents:
           Assessing the Role of Peer Networks
    • Authors: Marija Brajdić Vuković; Marko Lucić; Aleksandar Štulhofer
      Pages: 521 - 540
      Abstract: Body-surveillance is a core element of self-objectification, which has been recognized as a health hazard, particularly in female adolescents. Although the role of peers in self-objectification has been documented, the utility of ego-centered network approach has not been demonstrated. Using an online sample of 211 Croatian female adolescents, this study explored whether structural characteristics of self-reported networks (composed of same-sex peers one has discussed sexuality with) moderated the relationship between the use of social networking sites (SNS) and body-surveillance. Controlling for parental monitoring and accounting for self-esteem—which was negatively associated with adolescent body-surveillance—smaller network size amplified the association between SNS use and body-surveillance. Apart from confirming the overlap between offline and online peer networks in shaping adolescent body image concerns, this study’s findings suggest that adolescent women who frequently use SNS and those with fewer close friends are more vulnerable to social media-related body-objectification than their peers.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9480-4
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Perceptions of Registered Nurses/Midwives and Obstetricians on Having
           Males as Expectant Fathers Present in the Delivery Room at Public
           Hospitals in Trinidad and Tobago: Implications for Women and Their
    • Authors: Oscar Noel Ocho
      Pages: 541 - 554
      Abstract: This study explored the perspectives of obstetricians and registered nurses/midwives on the presence of expectant fathers in the delivery room with a view to understanding the implications for the mother as well as the expectant father. A qualitative research design using a phenomenological approach to understand the nuances and challenges that affect the perceptions and attitudes of obstetricians and registered nurses/midwives on the research issue. Five focus group discussions and five key informant interviews were the data collection strategies. Data were coded openly then combined to form themes which were utilized as the framework for data analysis. Three major themes emerged in the findings which included potential benefits to the mother, potential benefits to the father and potential benefits to the relationship. Generally, obstetricians and registered nurses/midwives held positive views about their presence in the delivery suite. This was related to the perceived positive impact that he could have on the woman during the inter-natal and post-natal periods as well as the quality of the relationship. By extension, their presence could have positive long term benefits on the quality of the relationship. The presence of expectant fathers in the delivery room could have a positive impact on the delivery experience for mothers, fathers and the long term relationship. The findings could provide a framework for other studies including a prospective study on the long term implications for the presence of expectant fathers in the delivery room.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9482-2
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Gender, Sexual Agency, and Friends with Benefits Relationships
    • Authors: Jasna Jovanovic; Jean Calterone Williams
      Pages: 555 - 576
      Abstract: Recent trends suggest that friends with benefits (FWB) relationships are prevalent among emerging adults on college campuses. Notably, young women are just as likely to participate in these relationships as young men, a finding that differentiates FWBs from heterosexual hook ups, where women traditionally report less participation. As such, it has been suggested that friends with benefits relationships may provide young women an avenue to explore and achieve sexual agency. Yet, whether emerging adults actually perceive friends with benefits relationships as affording women sexual agency has not been explored explicitly. In this study, we focus on female sexual agency and examine whether college women and men perceive FWB relationships as a means of expressing women’s sexual agency. Based on focus group discussions with 71 women and 35 men at a large public university, this study explores the myriad ways that students make sense of FWB relationships. Focus group discussions focused on the themes of empowerment, control, and safety in FWB relationships; we examine these themes in order to provide a nuanced analysis of FWB relationships as an increasingly widespread sexual behavior among young people on college campuses.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9483-1
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Are Deaf Dating Scripts Really Different from Those of Their Hearing
    • Authors: M. Diane Clark; Mandane Sweeten; Stephanie DeMeyer; Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi
      Pages: 577 - 592
      Abstract: An initial study found that Deaf participants have a different definition of a date than the Traditional Sex Script (TSS). In the TSS, the man is viewed as the initiator who pushes for sex and the woman is expected to limit sex if they do not want to have intercourse; neither of these ideas were included in Deaf participants’ responses when asked what happens on a typical date. These findings may relate to early experiences in childhood. At an early age, hearing children are exposed to the TSS through popular culture. Deaf children are not exposed to these cues at the same level because of their lack of communication access. Here we compare Deaf college students to hearing college students to further investigate these issues using a more quantitative design.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9484-0
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Contradictory Discourses on Sexual Normality and National Identity in
           Japanese Modernity
    • Authors: Kazuyoshi Kawasaka
      Pages: 593 - 613
      Abstract: This paper aims to analyse the relationship between discourses of gender/sexuality and construction of national identity and normativity in Japan. Firstly, I will analyse discourses of two influential theorists of queer studies, Michel Foucault and Eve K. Sedgwick, examining how Western cultural identity and modernity have been represented through sexuality and geography in their discussion. Secondly, I will review representations of gender and sexual normality and deviances in pre-war Japan, arguing how contradictory discourses and representation of gender and sexual norms were constructed with Japanese national identity through cultural differences between Japan and the West, or Japanese tradition and Westernisation. Finally, I will examine political functions of contradictory discourses of gender/sexual normativity against sexual minorities including within contemporary ‘LGBT-friendly’ discourses in Japanese society. Through these discussions, I will point out: firstly, Japanese modern gender and sexual normativity has been sustained by contradictory discourses and confusing cultural distinctions between Japan and the West, rather than definitive transitions towards Westernisation and clear cultural distinctions between Japan and the West; secondly, how these contradictory discourses of definitions of hetero/homosexuality and differences between Japan and the West have politically functioned against sexual minorities even now. Thus, I suggest that it is more fruitful for sexuality studies in/about Japan to focus on contradictory discourses, their historical and social contexts, and power dynamism rather than seeking the solutions for these contradictions.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9485-z
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Attitudes Towards Premarital Sex in India: Traditionalism and Cultural
    • Authors: Chirodip Majumdar
      Pages: 614 - 631
      Abstract: Every society changes with time. With prosperity and improvement in economic conditions, values change. Traditional values that a society carries attenuate and modernity replaces age-old notions. The present article inspects the sixth wave of the World Values Survey examining changing perceptions of Indian respondents towards sex before marriage. It is observed that premarital sex in India is becoming more common but still not widespread. The ordered logit regression analysis reveals that whereas religious minded, single and left-leaning respondents are more traditional, respondents belonging to higher class or lower education level are more permissive about premarital sex. The article concludes that with the increase in permissiveness towards premarital sex and the possibility of unprotected, risky sexual behaviour, suitable policies should be adopted to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9486-y
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Fifty Shades of Feminism: An Analysis of Feminist Attitudes and
           ‘Grey Behaviors’
    • Authors: Patricia Case; Barbara Thomas Coventry
      Pages: 632 - 650
      Abstract: This paper discusses the results of an MTurk survey (n = 479) that was designed to determine how acceptable Americans find the behaviors outlined in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, especially when they self-identify with feminist ideologies. The behaviors that this series eroticizes clearly reflect interpersonal violence. This coupled with the series’ unprecedented international success raises concerns for many scholars. We asked men and women to rank the level of acceptability on a ‘Grey Behavior’ scale, which included measures of control of person outside the context of ‘kinky’ sex. Furthermore, we asked subjects to rank their attitudes regarding the basic tenants of the feminist ideology in order to determine if support of gender equality influenced these perceptions of acceptability. Our findings suggest that despite the popularity of the book, neither men nor women report these behaviors as personally acceptable.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9487-x
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
  • Timing of First Sexual Intercourse and Number of Lifetime Sexual Partners
           in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Authors: Derek Anamaale Tuoyire; Prince Justin Anku; Laila Alidu; Joshua Amo-Adjei
      Pages: 651 - 668
      Abstract: The timing of first sexual intercourse (FSI) has been linked with subsequent sexual risk-taking behaviours and associated negative health outcomes. Nonetheless, there is a lack of multi-countries studies exploring the relationship between timing of FSI and subsequent number of sexual partnerships. Our aim in this paper was to aggregate evidence from 34 sub-Saharan African countries to investigate the association between age at FSI and lifetime number of sexual partners, using Demographic and Health Survey data. Descriptive and multilevel mixed effects Poisson regression techniques were applied to the data. The findings reveal a significant association between age at FSI and subsequent number of lifetime sexual partners. This association remained post adjusting for education, wealth, marital status and residence for both men and women. Beyond these, the results showed that wealth worked in opposite direction in men and women—higher wealth status was protective for women while it exposed men to higher number of lifetime sexual partners. Higher education exposed both women and men to increased number of lifetime partnerships. We conclude that there is an association between delayed onset of sexual intercourse and number of sexual partners over time, regardless of gender and socio-demographic background. Sexual and reproductive health programmes calling for sexual partner reduction should focus more on age of sexual debut while factoring in the influence of the various socio-demographic dynamics.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9488-9
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018)
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