From a feminist perspective, women in the patriarchy experience various forms of sexual oppression, existing in female gender socialization, women's sexual roles, and cultural conditioning that de-emphasizes the importance of the clitoris and women's sexual desire. This thesis uses hermeneutic methodology to examine the impacts of oppression on the sexual experience of women and explored the practices of mindfulness and masturbation as ways women can move beyond social conditioning and toward the embodiment of their sexual arousal, pleasure, and satisfaction as it is authentically experienced within them. This thesis supported a somatic approach in psychotherapy when working with women's sexual disembodiment and emphasized the importance of awareness, embodiment, sexual self-exploration, and information sharing as mediators of the effects of women's oppressive social conditioning.
|Advisor:||De La O, Jorge|
|Commitee:||Altman, Avrom, Jacobson, Gioia|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Sexuality, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Embodiment, Gender, Oppression, Patriarchy, Sexual, Women|
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