Masturbation Among Young Women and Associations with Sexual Health: An Exploratory Study (Report)
The Journal of Sex Research 2009, Nov-Dec, 46, 6
The Journal of Sex Research
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Research into sexual self-exploration and, in particular, masturbation among young people has often been confined to its prevalence, usually comparing young men and women where findings have indicated that a higher percentage of young men masturbate than young women, start earlier, and with more frequency (Gagnon, 1985; Hyde & Jaffee, 2000; Smith, Rosenthal, & Reichler, 1996). However, little is known about the role of masturbation in relation to young people's developing sexuality, especially young women. Ingham (2005) argued that the emphasis in much school-based sex and relationships education is placed on risk avoidance rather than on more positive aspects of sexual experiences. The qualitative data reported in this article have been extracted from a larger study that consisted of a number of in-depth interviews conducted with young women, covering various aspects of their sexual development and experiences, and which included their views on masturbation. There is more than a lingering historical perception that, in many cultures, masturbation is a shameful and problematic activity (often based on religious doctrines), despite the fact that many modern cultures appear to accept this sexual practice as a normal part of human sexuality (Smith et al., 1996). This may have led to a belief among previous researchers that investigation of this intimate behavior is too difficult and too invasive given the social norms about sexual privacy. It may be argued that this fundamental belief has, in some small way, perpetuated this historical perception. Further, because the relatively recent growth of interest in teenage sexual activity has been largely fuelled by concerns over HIV (and other sexually transmitted infections [STIs]) transmission, as well as early pregnancy, then interest in solo sex may not have been seen as directly relevant.
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Published: Nov 01, 2009
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 32 Pages
- Language: English