Learning about sex: young women and the social construction of sexual identity

Thomson, Rachel and Scott, Sue (1991). Learning about sex: young women and the social construction of sexual identity. London: The Tufnell Press.

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Abstract

Sex education is an interactive process in which young women actively engage with, resist and accommodate a range of contradictory messages and models. In this paper the way young women experience 'learning about sex' related to their sexual practice and expectations of sexual pleasure is examined. Available models of female sexuality and influences and information sources including the home, peer groups, popular culture and experience are discussed. Understanding the social construction of sexual identity has important implications for the negotiation of safe sex.

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