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"Not Used But Almost…"-A Gender and Agency Analysis of the Grey Zone Between Consensual and Nonconsensual Sexual Intercourse
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2015 (English)In: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 36, no 7, 768-783 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rape is a widespread but underreported problem among women. In this article I explore the complexities surrounding the fine line between consensual and nonconsensual sexual intercourse, by studying a rape through which a young woman was infected with HIV. I provide an analysis of how to understand and interpret this episode by applying a gender perspective based on patriarchy-namely, women's submissive position in heterosexual situations compared with men-and the concept of agency, that is, the individual's own decision-making ability, own choices, and different courses of action available, to outline the frame of action available to the informant. The inclusion of agency and a gender perspective offers new dimensions on how to understand and give meaning to narratives that are seldom told.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 7, 768-783 p.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Nursing
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88632DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2014.900063ISI: 000356423400003PubMedID: 24628513OAI: diva2:716604
Available from: 2014-05-12 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2015-07-17Bibliographically approved

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