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Pleasure, Power, and Inequality: Incorporating Sexuality Into Research on Contraceptive Use

Jennifer Higgins; Jennifer S. Hirsch

Title:
Pleasure, Power, and Inequality: Incorporating Sexuality Into Research on Contraceptive Use
Author(s):
Higgins, Jennifer
Hirsch, Jennifer S.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Population and Family Health
Volume:
98
Permanent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
American Journal of Public Health
Abstract:
We know surprisingly little about how contraception affects sexual enjoyment and functioning (and vice versa), particularly for women. What do people seek from sex, and how do sexual experiences shape contraceptive use? We draw on qualitative data to make 3 points. First, pleasure varies. Both women and men reported multiple aspects of enjoyment, of which physical pleasure was only one. Second, pleasure matters. Clear links exist between the forms of pleasure respondents seek and their contraceptive practices. Third, pleasure intersects with power and social inequality. Both gender and social class shape sexual preferences and contraceptive use patterns. These findings call for a reframing of behavioral models that explain why people use (or do not use) contraception.
Subject(s):
Behavioral sciences
Public health
Publisher DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2007.115790
Item views:
367
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