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Exploring Women’s Sexual Pleasure Deficit

Objective

Sexual pleasure is seen as the most important goal of nonreproductive sexual activity and has been recognized as integral to sexual health. When it comes to sexual pleasure, however, women seem to be less likely to have sexual pleasurable experiences than men. Given that women’s sexuality has been largely neglected in research, the present project aims to understand how to reduce the pleasure gap through an investigation into the concept of entitlement to pleasure. In line with the fact that men possess more power in society, research shows that men also feel more entitled to privileges than women. The project aims to examine those gendered patterns in the domain of sexual pleasure. The first work package will address the lack of current definitions regarding entitlement to sexual pleasure. In a further work package we will determine experimentally what contributes to the maintenance of women’s sexual pleasure deficit (e.g., fear of social stigma). A further research goal of the project is to challenge the pleasure deficit for the first time through an intervention that aims to enhance women’s sexual health. The proposed project continues the development of my expertise in the areas of gender, sexuality, and power. During my outgoing phase the University of Michigan and its Psychological Department will provide me with a wide range of training opportunities. I will especially expand my expertise in social-psychological methods. Moreover, my expertise on women and gender issues will be broadened through the close institutional relations with the Women’s studies department at Michigan. Given that the newly acquired skills will be transferred back to my European host institution, the internationally renowned Institute for Sex Research in Hamburg/Germany, the fellowship will essentially contribute to my career development and enable me to become one of the leading researchers on women’s sexuality in Europe.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF

Address

Martinistrasse 52
20251 Hamburg

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 246 669,12

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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 845508

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2019

  • End date

    30 June 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 246 669,12

  • EU contribution

    € 246 669,12

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF

Germany