This thesis examines how understandings of hymens, virginity and ‘the first time’ is expressed by advice seekers and advisors in two Danish online advice columns; Sexlinien for Unge and Cyberhus. Furthermore, the thesis examines which possibilities of sexuality these understandings of hymens and virginity produce in the selected advisory interactions, each consisting of a question and an answer. The thesis is founded in a poststructuralist theory of science where the world, subjects and knowledge are understood as discursively constituted. Theory by Michel Foucault informs the thesis’s understanding of subjects as produced by power, knowledge and discourses. Concepts from Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s discourse theory are used to unfold the understandings of hymens and virginity in the selected advisory interactions. Judith Butler provides the thesis with a view on gender as discursive, concealed and produced by as well as producing of a heterosexualising norm. Furthermore, Lene Otto inspires the thesis’s understanding of health as discursive. The thesis contains an analysis of empirical data consisting of a total of 112 advisory interactions selected from the two online advice columns. To examine how understandings of hymens, virginity and ‘the first time’ produce possibilities of sexuality, a virginity discourse, in Danish called mødomsdiskursen, is delineated, and articulations in the delineated virginity discourse, which appear in the advisory interactions, are analysed. The thesis discusses how discursive constitutions of hymens influence people’s possibilities of sexuality, and whether some ways of constituting hymens are more health promoting than others. Finally, the thesis concludes that understandings of hymens and virginity varies and produces several possibilities of sexuality, but that understandings of hymens as a physical mucosa that is not connected to losing one’s virginity can pave the way for more ways to practice sexuality, than understandings of hymens as a membrane that disrupts the first time a woman has penispenetrative sex in the vagina. The thesis furthermore concludes that descriptions of hymens and virginity which involve a consciousness of the influences these might have on possibilities of sexuality and efforts to exclude least possible sexualities, can with time potentially pave the way for a change of norms, whereby the possibility of achieving sexual health can be promoted.
|Uddannelser||Sundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Vejledere||Kirsten Bransholm Pedersen|
- Seksuel sundhed
- Sexual health
- Health promotion
- Advice column
- Den første gang