De Beauvoir, Bridget Jones' pants and vaginismus

Barker, Meg (2011). De Beauvoir, Bridget Jones' pants and vaginismus. Existential Analysis: Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 22(2) pp. 203–216.


This paper considers the relevance of de Beauvoir’s work for clients with 'vaginismus'. Focusing on women's relationships to their bodies, partners, and being-for-others more widely, it links de Beauvoir's theories to more recent research, and to a key case study. The importance of therapist awareness of shifting gender roles is highlighted.

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