Masturbation and the media

Watson, Anne-Frances & McKee, Alan (2013) Masturbation and the media. Sexuality and Culture, 17(3), pp. 449-475.

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Abstract

This paper explores the important role the media play in informing young people about masturbation. A pilot study of focus groups with twenty-two young Australians, aged between 14-16 explored what they know about sex and sexuality, and where they have found that knowledge. This paper reports on their knowledge about masturbation. Although researchers agree that masturbation can be a positive part of healthy sexual development, most young people reported that they received very little positive information about it from their parents or in formal sex education in school. These young people’s discussions around this topic were largely ambivalent, but also highly complex due to the varying levels and types of information that they receive. In this context the media play a vital role in providing information about masturbation through books and magazines for young women, and television comedies for young men.

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ID Code: 59562
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: television, masturbation, media effects, healthy sexual development
DOI: 10.1007/s12119-013-9186-1
ISSN: 1095-5143
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer New York LLC
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at link.springer.com
Deposited On: 02 May 2013 00:14
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014 14:31

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