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What does Bancroft's Human Sexuality and its Problems tell us about current understandings of sexuality?

Barker, Meg and Richards, Christina (2013). What does Bancroft's Human Sexuality and its Problems tell us about current understandings of sexuality? Feminism & Psychology, 23(2) pp. 243–251.

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Abstract

Human Sexuality and its Problems is an influential text in the arenas of sex research and psychosexual medicine. The current edition specifically aimed to incorporate the full range of perspectives on human sexuality. However, an analysis of the book found that sociological, social psychological, feminist and queer perspectives were still marginalised or lacking. In addition to this, the text was heteronormative in its construction of sexuality and sexual practice. An in-depth analysis of coverage of vaginismus and trans highlights problematic understandings of gender roles and their involvement in sexual difficulties, as well as little awareness of the diversity of gender identities and experiences.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
ISSN: 0959-3535
Keywords: sexuality textbook; sexual problems; vaginismus
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 40956
Depositing User: Meg-John Barker
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2014 09:33
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 15:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40956
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