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Sexe féminin et représentations. Enquête menée auprès d'étudiant.e.s d'Île de France

Abstract : Background: the vulva has often raised debate in society and brought up multiple questions. Surrounded by taboos and preconceived ideas dating back several centuries, it is now the source of a growing phenomenon: nymphoplasty. In a society evolving towards the encouragement of difference and body acceptance, young people are subjected to two opposing standards that can influence their views of the female sex. Objectives: to study student’s representations, preconceptions and anatomical knowledge of the female sex, and to compare these preconceptions according to the sex of the students. Methods: the quantitative observational tranverse study, used an anonymous online questionnaire, LimeSurvey®, which was distributed to students from Île de France, aged 18 to 25. Results: we collected 139 responses, including 107 female and 32 male students, working in different faculties in Ile de France. We have found that the vagina is fundamental in the perception of the female sex. Almost half of the students (49.5%) consider that the subject of the female sex is still taboo, although for a majority of them (75%) it is in the process of liberalization. The study showed that the representations of the female sex were more positive among male students than among female students (p <0.05), especially when it comes to the way they consider their own sex (p <0.002), leading to 72 percent of women worriying about their partner’s view of their sex. Female students are more likely to have experienced sexual violence and this is a major influencing factor, in regard to these representations (p <0.03). Just under half of the students know the average size of the clitoris (42.4%) and have the notion that on average one in four women have labia minora protruding beyond the labia majora (42.4%). Conclusion: our study shows the influence of ancestral portrayals of the female sex to this day. It highlights the severity of womens perspective towards their own sex, which is out of step with that of men. It shows the impact of sexual violence on the reproductive health of young women and the importance for health professionals to diagnose it. Debate on the female sex is advancing, but has not yet put an end to certain preconceived ideas and certain taboos.
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Camille Moulin. Sexe féminin et représentations. Enquête menée auprès d'étudiant.e.s d'Île de France. Gynécologie et obstétrique. 2021. ⟨dumas-03347484⟩



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