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Breaking with Norms of Masculinity: Men Making Sense of Their Experience of Sexual Assault
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA). Malmö University, Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2233-9297
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA). Malmö University, Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4663-4004
2019 (English)In: Clinical social work journal, ISSN 0091-1674, E-ISSN 1573-3343, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 372-383Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In recent years, the sexual assault of males has received growing attention both in the research literature and among the public. Much of the research has focused on documenting prevalence rates or the psychological consequences of male sexual assault. However, this article aims to understand how men, as gendered, embodied and affective subjects, make sense of their experiences of sexual assault. In-depth interviews with ten adult males who have experienced sexual assault have been analyzed using a phenomenological approach in order to learn more about their lived and gendered experience. Four themes emerged from the analysis: (a) conflicting feelings and difficult conceptualizations, (b) re-experiencing vulnerability, (c) emotional responses and resistance, and (d) disclosure and creativity. The findings suggest that the ways in which men navigate norms of masculinity shape the way they understand, process and articulate their lived experience of sexual assault. As a way of coping with the experience and of healing from a past that is still present, the study participants perform an alternative masculine identity.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 47, no 4, p. 372-383
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male sexual assault, masculinity, embodied experience, phenomenology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-4245DOI: 10.1007/s10615-019-00699-yISI: 000493759900006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059690949Local ID: 27357OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-4245DiVA, id: diva2:1401075
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-04-05Bibliographically approved

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