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Explorations and Negotiations: Sexual Health in a Time of Change in MENA

Explorations and Negotiations: Sexual Health in a Time of Change in MENA

The widening schism in sexuality expression and the shy, but isolated, growing tolerance of sexual diversity is lending itself to complex negotiations, manifested in hymenoplasties and alternative sexual practices. Though unconventional, women attempt to gain bodily autonomy and engage in sexual exploration within patriarchal structures, however at a high physical, fiscal, and emotional cost in the context of sexual and political violence.

As a result, undesired sexual health outcomes are alarming in view of the lack of sexual health policies, sexual health services, and sex education. More evidence points towards increased prevalence of unconventional sexual practices to avoid violating existing cultural norms and ruining marriage chances. Negotiations at other levels that pertain to criminalization of marital rape, sexuality education, and youth sexual rights continue within the civil domains, but could be deterred and threatened by the current political turmoil.

Within areas of conflict, women sexuality is utilized as a main weapon of the political and military agenda, through institutionalizing violence against women, sex trafficking, sex slavery, and other forms of sexual abuse like “Jihad el Nikah”, as a tactic to punish, humiliate, and demoralize local populations.

Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2015

WAS 2015

How to Avoid Professional Sexual Misconduct: Sexual Attraction in Psychotherapeutic Relationships

Analysis of all gender dysphoria persons attending Sta Maria university hospital gender unit

The concept of gender dysphoria is a subject of intense controversy and debate. Objectives: The aim of this study is to assess demographic and clinical characteristics, comorbid disorders and sexual behavior of 84 gender dysphoric (gender identity disorder) persons, diagnosed according to DSM-5 and divided into 54 female-to-male (FTM) and 30 male-tofemale (MTF).

A controlled study of depression and suicidal ideation among homosexual students in Nigeria

Introduction and objectives: Homosexuality has been considered a mental health disorder and this pathological view was challenged four decades ago culminating in diagnostic systems (the ICD and DSM) regarding it as an alternative lifestyle rather than a pathological state. Homosexual individuals are prone to psychological distress, which may manifest as depression and suicidal ideation. This has been attributed to the lingering discrimination homosexual individuals are exposed to. There is a dearth of information in Nigeria with regards to this topic and this work is an attempt to fill this gap. The objectives of this study were to determine and compare the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation in homosexual students and heterosexual controls in a Nigerian university.

The survey of sexual health for wrinkly and elderly women in China

Objective: Through this research on the sexual life of wrinkly and elderly women in China, we hope to understand the status of sexual health of the aged Chinese women.

We know more than what you think: Parents' understanding, through their children’s drawing, the importance of sexual education

Mandatory sexual education in Mexican elementary schools still faces parents’ opposition under the arguments that their children are not old enough to be exposed to the subject. Through their own children’s drawings, this research proved to parents that their children had already been exposed to great extent of sexual information that needs scientific and correct guidance. The main objective of this exploratory study was to assess, through children’s drawings, their views about pregnancy at an early age and use the results to promote, among the parents, the acceptance of sexual education programs at the schools.

Engaging, practical and empowering: Sexuality and relationships education at Curtin University, Australia that supports pre-service teachers

An audit of Western Australian universities found pre-service teachers have limited opportunity to study health-related courses (termed units in Australia), and when they are offered there is often little focus on Sexuality and Relationships Education (SRE). Curtin University has recently established an undergraduate course for Bachelor of Education students, which focuses solely on the delivery of evidence-based SRE. 

The 'save sexual life' for the syphilis patients (Chinese with English translation)

Everyone has the right of sex. The patients of infectious disease also have the right to enjoy sex. However, in fact, many people with AIDS or STD diseases do not have a regular sexual life. Our work aims to address this difficulty and offer good suggestions to those patients suffering from the STD, syphilis.