publication . Doctoral thesis . 2007

Explorations of a Sex Therapy Question in Feminism : Feminist Interventions in Sex Therapy

Pernrud, Björn;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2007
  • Publisher: Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för samhälls- och livsvetenskaper
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
This study aims to investigate the consequences for feminist sex therapy that it is promoted as an alternative to a mainstream approach. Analytically I focus on the relation between normativity, claims to knowledge and professional legitimacy. I study sex therapeutic academic texts, and the material is approached through a framework developed by combining Donna Haraway’s concept of situated knowledges with elements from Karen Barad’s agential realism My analysis starts in feminist sex therapists’ criticism of how masculine norms in mainstream sex therapy lead to a flawed theory of sexual matters. Feminist sex therapists, however, allege that it is specifically f...
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free text keywords: Feminist Sex Therapy, Situated Knowledge, Legitimacy, Feminist Epistemology, Sociology, Sociologi
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16 references, page 1 of 2

1 Helen Singer Kaplan, The New Sex Therapy Volume 2: Disorders of Sexual Desire and Other Concepts and Techniques in Sex Therapy (New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1979).; William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Human Sexual Inadequacy (Boston: Bantam Books, 1980).

2 Doreen Seidler-Feller, "A Feminist Critique of Sex Therapy," in Handbook of Feminist Therapy - Women's Issues in Psychotherapy, ed. Lynn Bravo Rosewater and Lenore E. A. Walker (New York: Springer Publishing Company, 1985).; Leonore Tiefer, "A Feminist Critique of the Sexual Dysfunction Nomenclature," in Women and Sex Therapy - Closing the Circle of Sexual Knowledge, ed. Ellen Cole and Esther Rothblum (New York: Harrington Park Press, 1988).; Wendy Stock, "Propping Up the Phallocracy: A Feminist Critique of Sex Therapy and Research," in Women and Sex Therapy - Closing the Circle of Sexual Knowledge, ed. Ellen Cole and Esther Rothblum (New York: Harrington Park Press, 1988).

1 Harding, The Science Question in Feminism. p. 9

2 Tiefer, "A Feminist Critique of the Sexual Dysfunction Nomenclature."; Leonore Tiefer, "Feminist Critiques of Sex Therapy: Foregrounding the Politics of Sex," in New Directions in Sex Therapy - Innovations and Alternatives, ed. Peggy J Kleinplatz (Philadelphia: Brunner-Routledge, 2001).; Leonore Tiefer, "Towards a Feminist Sex Therapy," in Sexualities, ed. Marny Hall (New York: The Haworth Press, 1996).

1 Cf. also Janice M. Irvine, Disorders of Desire - Sex and Gender in Modern American Sexology (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990).; David Schnarch, "Desire Problems - A Systemic Perspective," in Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, ed. Sandra Leiblum and Raymond Rosen (London: The Guildford Press, 2000). Both, albeit from rather different perspectives, consider the connections between Masters and Johnson, Kaplan and APA's DSM to embody an approach in the centre of sex therapy.

2 Ruth Brecher and Edward Brecher, "The Work of Masters and Johnson," in An Analysis of Human Sexual Response, ed. Ruth Brecher and Edward Brecher (London: Panther Books, 1968). p. 45 & p. 60

1 Masters and Johnson, Human Sexual Inadequacy. Cf. the second chapter of their book: pp. 23 - 85

2 Helen Singer Kaplan, The New Sex Therapy - Active Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1978). p. 16

3 Ibid.

4 Dinesh Bhugra and Padmal de Silva, "Sexual Dysfunction and Sex Therapy: An Historical Perspective," International Review of Psychiatry 7, no. 2 (1995).

1 When on their own in the confines of their actual or proverbial bedrooms of course - not in the therapy office.

2 Masters and Johnson, Human Sexual Inadequacy. p. 68

3 Kaplan, The New Sex Therapy. p. 15

4 Masters and Johnson, Human Sexual Inadequacy. pp. 342 - 360

1 Seidler-Feller, "A Feminist Critique of Sex Therapy."; Tiefer, "A Feminist Critique of the Sexual Dysfunction Nomenclature."; Tiefer, "Feminist Critiques of Sex Therapy."

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