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”Hur ska jag profilera mig för att gå hem?” En kvalitativ intervjustudie om hur unga kvinnor resonerar kring sexualisering och självsexualisering
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences.
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences.
2022 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”How am I supposed to profile myself to be appreciated?” A qualitative interview study about young women’s reasoning about sexualization and self-sexualization (English)
Abstract [sv]

Kvinnors kroppar och sexualitet har historiskt kontrollerats och styrts, men att leva som kvinna i Sverige idag innebär ur många avseenden ökade friheter och rättigheter. Samtidigt finns det fortfarande en mängd potentiella utmaningar för kvinnor att förhålla sig till relaterat till kropp och sexualitet i en, vad som kan beskrivas som, allt mer sexualiserad kultur. Syftet med studien var att få en djupare förståelse för hur unga kvinnor i Sverige idag resonerar kring sexualisering av kvinnokroppen. Den teoretiska grunden vilar på socialkonstruktionism och Butlers performativa genusteorier. För att besvara syftet genomfördes två fokusgruppintervjuer och fem individuella djupintervjuer med tretton kvinnor i åldrarna 21–35 år. Resultatet visar att kvinnornas syn på sexualisering och självsexualisering har varierat beroende på vilken livsfas de befunnit sig i. Samtliga ansåg att sexualisering av kvinnor fortfarande är ett problem i Sverige idag och att de inte betraktar kvinnors sexualitet som frigjord. Självsexualisering beskrevs delvis som stärkande och möjliggörande för kvinnors sexuella frigjordhet, men problematiserades också.

Abstract [en]

Women’s bodies and sexuality has historically been controlled and disciplined. However, for women in Swedish society today, there are greater possibilities to cater one’s freedom and civil rights. At the same time there are still several potential challenges for women to relate to in relation to body and sexuality, as the culture has become more sexualized than ever before. The main purpose of this study was to gain a deeper understanding about how young women in Sweden today reason about the sexualization of women’s bodies. The theoretical ground lies on social constructionism and Butler’s performative gender theories. Two focus groupinterviews and five individual in-depth interviews were implemented with thirteen women in the ages between 21 and 35 years to answer the study's main purpose. The result shows that the participants' view upon sexualization and self-sexualization has in great terms varied depending on where they have been in their life course. Every participant did consider sexualization to still be an issue for women in Sweden today, and did not consider women’s sexuality to be truly liberated. Self-sexualization was, in some ways, described as strengthening and enabling for women’s sexual liberation, but were also problematized.

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2022. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
women, sexuality, sexualization, self-sexualization, femininity norms, gender
Keywords [sv]
kvinnor, sexualitet, sexualisering, självsexualisering, femininitetsnormer, genus
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Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-21148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-21148DiVA, id: diva2:1659237
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Social Psychology
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Social Psychology - Study Programme
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Available from: 2022-05-19 Created: 2022-05-19 Last updated: 2022-05-19Bibliographically approved

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