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Sexual violence and compulsory heterosexuality

Kitzinger, Jenny ORCID: 1992. Sexual violence and compulsory heterosexuality. Feminism & Psychology 2 (3) , pp. 399-418. 10.1177/0959353592023007

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This study examines psychological theorizing about the impact of childhood sexual abuse on women's sexuality. I argue that the psychological definitions of, and treatments for, `sexual dysfunction' are instruments of oppression designed to enforce heterosexuality and obscure feminist questions about the links between sexual violence and `normal' sexual relationships. We urgently need to reclaim a radical feminist way of understanding experience that rejects compulsory heterosexuality and demands social revolution, instead of simply promoting individual adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0959-3535
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:55

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