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dc.contributor.author Nybakk, Siri
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-18T23:52:03Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-18T23:52:03Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/203933
dc.description.abstract Women’s sexual pleasure has been traditionally misunderstood and understudied, and studies of women’s sexuality often relate to violence and danger, sexually transmitted infections, or unwanted pregnancies. By interviewing eight women, this qualitative interview study explores how women who have sex with men experience sexual pleasure. Two main themes emerged from their narratives: Women experience feelings of empowerment and women experience feelings of vulnerability connected to their pleasure. I found that a pleasure gap exists between the pleasure that the participants talk about and the actual sexual pleasure they are accessing. The women view themselves as sexually empowered and explore pleasure with sex toys, kink, and BDSM play, but do not always access pleasure or communicate their desires to a partner. To close the pleasure gap, my research suggests that women adopt a critical view of sexual empowerment and build ongoing partner communication. en_US
dc.format.extent vi, 77 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher San Francisco State University en_US
dc.rights Copyright by Siri Nybakk, 2018 en_US
dc.source AS36 2018 HMSX .N93
dc.title "Talking through the ball gag" : women navigating empowerment and vulnerability in the pursuit of sexual pleasure en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Human Sexuality Studies en_US
dc.description.degree Sexuality Studies


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