This thesis examines the harmful repercussions that occur in the lives of women as a result of the sexually objectifying nature of Internet pornography. Little research exists regarding the impact that pornography has on sexual development and sexual self-discovery in the lives of women. The presence of pornography influences the way women relate to their sexuality and body, causing many to abandon their own sexual exploration for a self-objectifying sexual relationship with self and other. Utilizing heuristic and qualitative methodology, this thesis explores the relationship women have with their sexuality and bodies as a result of the omnipresent world of pornography. This thesis explores ways women can transform their relationship with their sexuality and create a positive relationship with self to reclaim their authentic sexual self. Public awareness is necessary in order for mental health providers to treat women who are often hastily diagnosed with mood disorders and sexual dysfunctions.
|Advisor:||Ferrari, Diana M.|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Developmental psychology|
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