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The Lives and Voices of Highly Sexual Women

Eric S. Blumberg
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 40, No. 2 (May, 2003), pp. 146-157
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3813751
Page Count: 12
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The Lives and Voices of Highly Sexual Women
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Abstract

American women who experience very strong and frequent sexual desire have often been either ignored or stigmatized. This exploratory study of 44 highly sexual women ages 20 to 82, which used a convenience sample and a semistructured indepth interview method, allowed participants to describe their lives and how their sexuality has affected them. Highly sexual women reported that their lives have been strongly affected by their sexuality. First, the participants' internally sensed demand for sexual excitement and satisfaction is too intense to be ignored. For some it was a major organizing principle of their time and energy. Second, their lives are lived in a society that often defines highly sexual women in pejorative ways. Women reported experiencing struggles and challenges in almost every area of their lives because of their sexuality, including feelings about themselves and their relationships with partners, female friends, and acquaintances.

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