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‘CONGRATS!! You had an orgasm’: Constructing orgasm on an internet discussion board

Frith, Hannah (2012) ‘CONGRATS!! You had an orgasm’: Constructing orgasm on an internet discussion board Feminism and Psychology, 23 (2). pp. 252-260.

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Drawing on insights from conversation analysis, this article explores a discussion about orgasm on an internet forum. Critical of sex education for failing to address young women as sexual subjects with embodied desires, some feminists believe the internet offers alternative spaces for young women to discuss pleasure. I argue that the micro-political work done by offering ‘congratulations’ on one such site serves to mark young women’s orgasms as both ‘newsworthy’ and ‘good news’ in ways which simultaneously disrupt the idea that sexuality is inappropriate for young women while paradoxically reaffirming conventional ideas about the centrality of orgasm to sexuality.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Date : 23 October 2012
DOI : 10.1177/0959353512463558
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2013, © SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : Conversation analysis, girls, internet, orgasm, pleasure, sex education, sexuality
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 08 Jun 2020 09:37
Last Modified : 08 Jun 2020 09:37

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