Pleasure Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Social Representations, Personal Beliefs, and Attributed Meanings to Partnered Orgasm

Pleasure Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Social Representations, Personal Beliefs, and Attributed Meanings to Partnered Orgasm

Pleasure Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Social Representations, Personal Beliefs, and Attributed Meanings to Partnered Orgasm

Pleasure Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Social Representations, Personal Beliefs, and Attributed Meanings to Partnered Orgasms

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Référence bibliographique [21271]

Séguin, Léa J. et Blais, Martin. 2019. «Pleasure Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Social Representations, Personal Beliefs, and Attributed Meanings to Partnered Orgasm ». The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, vol. 28, no 3, p. 328-342.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The present study aimed to explore […] how male and female orgasm are represented in Canadian culture (including Quebec culture); and […] individuals’ beliefs, expectations, and ascribed meanings to orgasm.» (p. 330)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«Eligible participants included Canadians who were at least 18 years of age, had a good understanding of French or English, had experienced orgasm in their lives, and who, at the time of the study, were in an ongoing committed relationship and were sexually active with their partner.» (p. 330) «To recruit participants, details regarding the study were shared through Facebook, Kijiji, local newspapers, the Université du Québec à Montréal’s newsletter, and word of mouth.» (p. 330)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


The results of the study show that «[p]articipants recognized several cultural orgasm scripts and discourses that fell into one of two broad themes: one describing the heavily gendered nature of orgasm […], and the other, the meanings and positions of orgasm within a sequence of (hetero)sexual events […]. At a more intrapsychic level, participants also reported their own beliefs and attributed meanings to orgasm as they relate to their own partners, romantic relationships, and lived experiences. Orgasm was described as unessential to good sex, as a connective experience, and a partner’s orgasm more specifically, as contributing to one’s own sexual pleasure and satisfaction. Moreover, participants perceived orgasm to depend on external (i.e., partner sexual skills, positive partner attributes, being in a healthy relationship) and internal factors (i.e., being present, physically assertive, subjectively aroused, communicative, and aware of one’s sexual needs and desires).» (p. 338) Also, «the present data suggests a belief that women’s orgasms are much more likely to occur in an affectionate and trusting context (much like in committed relationships), and at the hands of a sexually skilled male partner.» (p. 338)