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'Compulsory sexuality': a guide to healing?

Woodiwiss, Jo (2008) 'Compulsory sexuality': a guide to healing? Culture Health & Sexuality, 10 (4). pp. 345-359. ISSN 13691058

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The childhood sexual abuse recovery literature presents childhood sexual abuse as something with inevitable and devastating effects, which can be identified in the lives of adult women. These effects include a problematic relationship with issues relating to sex. This paper presents findings from an in-depth study of sixteen women in Britain, which looked at women's engagement with the recovery literature aimed at adult victims of childhood sexual abuse and, in particular, that aspect of the literature which dealt with sex. The paper highlights some of the problematic assumptions that underlie much of this literature before examining how women engage with this literature. The findings suggest that women, including those who have no knowledge or memories of having been sexually abused as children, use the ideas promoted in this literature to reinterpret child and adult experiences within a narrative framework of childhood sexual abuse and construct themselves as victims of such abuse and, in doing so, ignore those external factors which may better explain or improve their adult lives

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2009 15:45
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:46


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