Embodied sexualities: Exploring accounts of Irish women's sexual knowledge and sexual experiences, 1920-1970

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dc.contributor.author Leane, Máire
dc.contributor.editor Leane, Máire
dc.contributor.editor Kiely, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-22T12:20:21Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-22T12:20:21Z
dc.date.issued 2014-01
dc.identifier.citation LEANE, M. 2014. Embodied sexualities: Exploring accounts of Irish women's sexual knowledge and sexual experiences, 1920-1970. In: LEANE, M. & KIELY, E. (eds.) Sexualities and Irish society: A reader. Dublin: Orpen. http://www.orpenpress.com/sexualities-and-irish-society-a-reader.html en
dc.identifier.startpage 25 en
dc.identifier.endpage 52 en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-909518-47-6
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1763
dc.description.abstract This chapter explores the ways in which sexuality has been understood, embodied and negotiated by a cohort of Irish women through their lives. It is based on qualitative data generated as part of an oral history project on Irish women’s experiences of sexuality and reproduction during the period 1920–1970.1 The interviews, which were conducted with 21 Irish women born between 1914 and 1955, illustrate that social and cultural discourses of sexuality as secretive, dangerous, dutiful and sinful were central to these women’s interpretative repertoires around sexuality and gender. However, the data also contains accounts of behaviours, experiences and feelings that challenged or resisted prevailing scripts of sexuality and gender. Drawing on feminist conceptualisations of sexuality and embodiment (Holland et al., 1994; Jackson and Scott, 2010), this chapter demonstrates that the women’s sexual subjectivities were forged in the tensions that existed between normative sexual scripts and their embodied experiences of sexual desires and sexual and reproductive practices. While recollections of sexual desire and pleasure did feature in the accounts of some of the women, it was the difficulties experienced around sexuality and reproduction that were spoken about in greatest detail. What emerges clearly from the data is the confusion, anxiety and pain occasioned by the negotiation of external demands and internal desires and the contested, unstable nature of both cultural power and female resistance. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Orpen en
dc.relation.ispartof Sexualities and Irish Society: A Reader
dc.relation.uri http://www.orpenpress.com/sexualities-and-irish-society-a-reader.html
dc.subject Sexuality en
dc.subject Irish women en
dc.subject Narrative en
dc.subject Embodiment en
dc.title Embodied sexualities: Exploring accounts of Irish women's sexual knowledge and sexual experiences, 1920-1970 en
dc.type Book chapter en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Maire Leane, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: m.leane@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2015-01-05T14:09:11Z
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dc.contributor.funder College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork
dc.contributor.funder National University of Ireland
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No !!CORA!! Permission granted by Gerard O'Connor, Orpen Press following e-mail permission request on 20 Jan 2015 en
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dc.internal.placepublication Dublin en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress m.leane@ucc.ie en


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