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Oral sex, feminism, and implications for sex education

  • Author / Creator
    Malacad, Brea L
  • In order to provide comprehensive sexual health education, it is important for teachers and health care professionals to understand trends related to adolescent sexual practices. Anecdotal reports over the past decade indicate that oral sex is becoming an increasingly common and casual activity among adolescent females. to investigate the validity of this claim the author set out to study the oral sex behaviours and related attitudes of Canadian young women. A total of 181 women (ages 18-25 years) completed two anonymous self-report questionnaires: one to gather data about intercourse and oral sex experiences, and the other to assess degree of identification with feminist ideology. Analysis revealed that oral sex and intercourse are equally prevalent among young women and that the two behaviors have similar emotional implications. However, as compared to intercourse, women tend to regard oral sex as less intimate and are significantly less likely to use protection against sexually transmitted infections when engaging in oral sex. The findings indicate that there is no significant relationship between oral sex and feminism, but that some women find fellatio empowering. Trends related to sexual activity as well as implications for school-based sex education programs are discussed.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3NH19
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Hess, Gretchen C. (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Buck, George H. (Educational Psychology)
    • De Gara, Chris (Surgery)