Women's accounts of heterosexual experiences in the context of menopause

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dc.contributor.author Hyde, Abbey
dc.contributor.author Nee, Jean
dc.contributor.author Butler, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Drennan, Jonathan
dc.contributor.author Howlett, Etaoine
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-14T17:02:45Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-14T17:02:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis Group en
dc.date.issued 2011-09-08
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Sexual Health en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4183
dc.description.abstract A number of biomedical models of female sexuality have emerged during the past few decades, and these have been challenged by feminist theorists who have tended to focus on the influence of contextual issues that mediate women's sexual experiences. In this article, a qualitative analysis of accounts relating to heterosexual experiences obtained from 25 menopausal women in Ireland through in-depth interviews is presented and considered in light of existing theoretical perspectives on sexuality. The average age of women in the sample was 54.2 years, and a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds was represented. We found that in describing their contemporary sexual experiences, contextual issues were brought heavily to bear as participants drew on discourses of personal history and biography, including previous relationships, to explain their current sexual experiences. However, a few women foregrounded physiological and biological reasons associated with hormonal changes to explain alterations in their sexual relationship, although overall, these were featured to a far lesser extent compared with their prominent position in biomedical menopause literature. A dominant feature of data was the influence of the discourse of the male sex drive, and many women explained their lesser interest in sexual activity compared with that of their partner in terms of men's nature. The findings suggested that for participants, anxiety around sexuality was socially produced either through the expectation to satisfy a partner, or by dominant discourses that defined sexual engagement as “healthy” and sexual apathy as “unhealthy.” en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge) en
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Sexual Health - Women’s Accounts of Heterosexual Experiences in the Context of Menopause, Abbey Hyde, Jean Nee, Jonathan Drennan, Michelle Butler, Etaoine Howlett, International Journal of Sexual Health, Vol. 23, Iss. 3, 2011. International Journal of Sexual Health is available online at: www.tandfonline.com//doi/abs/10.1080/19317611.2011.586574 en
dc.subject Qualitative studies en
dc.subject Reproductive health en
dc.subject Women en
dc.subject Menopause en
dc.subject Adult sexuality en
dc.title Women's accounts of heterosexual experiences in the context of menopause en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorcontactother abbey.hyde@ucd.ie
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 23 en
dc.identifier.issue 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 210 en
dc.identifier.endpage 223 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/19317611.2011.586574
dc.neeo.contributor Hyde|Abbey|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Nee|Jean|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Butler|Michelle|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Drennan|Jonathan|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Howlett|Etaoine|aut|
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dc.description.admin TS 12.03.13 en
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dc.date.updated 2012-12-20T09:14:10Z

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