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'It Feels Good': Australian Young Women's Attitudes to Oral Sex

Youth Studies Australia
Volume 30 Issue 2 (June 2011)

Abstract: A Family Planning NSW study of 193 Australian young women's attitudes to oral sex considers their reported reasons for engaging in oral sex, and how they say they speak about oral sex with their friends. The paper also looks at how young women access information about oral sex, and what they thought might make it easier for them to talk about oral sex and related health issues with a health care worker or doctor. The survey found a generally positive attitude toward oral sex with a wide acceptance of it as part of normal sexual activity. However, approximately half of the young women also reported that they had felt pressured at some point in time to engage in oral sex. These findings support the complexity of young people's sexual lives and the need for further analysis to increase health-promoting educational knowledge in this emerging area of health and sexuality.

To cite this article: Hammond, Liz; Estoesta, Jane; Passmore, Erin and Ruddock, Jackie. 'It Feels Good': Australian Young Women's Attitudes to Oral Sex [online]. Youth Studies Australia, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 2011: 15-21. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=027404396144698;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1038-2569. [cited 25 May 17].

Personal Author: Hammond, Liz; Estoesta, Jane; Passmore, Erin; Ruddock, Jackie; Source: Youth Studies Australia, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 2011: 15-21 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1038-2569 Subject: Sexual behavior surveys; Women's health services; Women--Health and hygiene; Sex (Psychology); Young women--Sexual behavior; Oral sex; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Director, Data and Evaluation, Family Planning NSW
(2) Associate Lecturer, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney
(3) Co-founder and Director, FAR Social Enterprise, NSW

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection