Breaking up and hooking up: A young womans experience of sexual empowerment

Meenagh, J 2017, 'Breaking up and hooking up: A young womans experience of sexual empowerment', Feminism and Psychology, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 447-464.


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Title Breaking up and hooking up: A young womans experience of sexual empowerment
Author(s) Meenagh, J
Year 2017
Journal name Feminism and Psychology
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Start page 447
End page 464
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract With the rise of neoliberalism, postfeminism and hookup culture, young women face both challenges and opportunities when constructing themselves as sexual subjects. This paper explores the experiences of a young woman who sought to have sex with someone new in order to move on from the breakup of a long-term relationship. This case study is part of a larger project which explored how young people (aged 1825) negotiate their love/sex relationships within the context of new media environments. While this young woman described her experience of having sex with someone new as empowering, within a neoliberal, postfeminist context the concept of empowerment may not be a useful theoretical tool for understanding young womens sexuality. Situating her story within its broader sociocultural context, this paper explores how structural factors shape this young womans ability to navigate normative discourses about sexual empowerment and construct herself as a sexual subject. © The Author(s) 2017.
Subject Gender Specific Studies
Keyword(s) Breakups
Casual sex
Empowerment
Postfeminism
Young women
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0959353517731434
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2017.
ISSN 0959-3535
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