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Hercules and Barbie?: Reflections on the influence of pornography and its spread in the media and society in groups of adolescents in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH).
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden.
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2012 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, Vol. 17, no 1, 40-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives

To describe and get a deeper understanding of how groups of young women and men reflect on and discuss pornography and its spread in the media and society, and its possible influence on sexual behaviour and relationships.

Methods

Six focus group interviews were conducted with teenagers, three with women (n = 17) and three with men (n = 18). Open questions about pornography and its spread in the media and society were discussed. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed according to Grounded Theory.

Results

The core category 'A discriminatory sexuality' illustrates how participants felt regarding the messages conveyed by pornography portraying a man's role as dominant and a woman's role as subordinate. Pornographic messages were described as 'Fiction' depicting a distorted reality. Feelings of ambivalence towards pornography were expressed: anxiety and fear, but also inspiration. Participants said pornography occurred everywhere in the media and society, and felt pressured by messages relating to looks and sexual techniques.

Conclusions

Pornography and its spread in the media and society were considered as presenting a discriminatory image of body ideals, sexuality and relationships. Despite this awareness, both men and women considered pornography as sources of knowledge and inspiration: an apparent paradox.

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2012. Vol. 17, no 1, 40-49 p.
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Adolescents, Pornography, Sexuality, Attitudes, Grounded Theory
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163307DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2011.617853ISI: 000299053700004PubMedID: 22122411OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163307DiVA: diva2:463594
Available from: 2011-12-09 Created: 2011-12-09 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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Mattebo, MagdalenaLarsson, MargaretaTydén, TanjaHäggström-Nordin, Elisabet

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