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Pain and sex(uality) among women suffering from vulvar pain
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Gender Studies.
2012 (English)In: Dimensions of pain: humanities and social science perspectives / [ed] Lisa Folkmarson Käll, London & New York: Routledge, 2012Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Vulvar vestibulitis is a painful genital condition, mostly affecting young women. Vestibulitis and other painful conditions in the vulvar area can be life altering, especially in regard to sexual practice, one's body and relationships. This chapter explores how cultural norms of gender and sexuality interact with physical pain in the experiences and interpretations of vulvar pain among affected women. The concept of pain is used to grasp as well bodily as social aspects of suffering from vulvar pain. In the chapter themes as bodily pain, shame, clothing, sexual practice and sexual strategies are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London & New York: Routledge, 2012.
, Routledge studies in the sociology of health and illness
Keyword [en]
gender, sexuality, vulvar pain, shame, relations
Keyword [sv]
genus, sexualitet, vulvasmärtor, skam, relationer
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80880ISBN: 978-0-415-63575-2ISBN: 978-0-203-08738-1OAI: diva2:558072
Det smärtsamma könet. Medicinska diskurser och kvinnors upplevelser av kropp, kön och sexualitet vid vestibulit.
FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2007-0514
Available from: 2012-10-01 Created: 2012-10-01 Last updated: 2012-10-17Bibliographically approved

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