Gender Norms and Discourses Informing College Men’s Perceptions of Heteronormative Sexual Health Responsibilities and HPV Prevention
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Commun
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PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
CitationSamantha J. Stanley, Sara Kim & Margaret Jane Pitts (2018) Gender Norms and Discourses Informing College Men’s Perceptions of Heteronormative Sexual Health Responsibilities and HPV Prevention, Communication Quarterly, 66:3, 225-244, DOI: 10.1080/01463373.2017.1356338
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AbstractFocus group data revealed that despite reporting expectations for high levels of sexual activity, college men primarily identifying as heterosexual were ambivalent about sexual health responsibility and their role in preventing human papillomavirus (HPV). Participants identified shared sexual health responsibility as an ideal but invoked heteronormative gender discourses to rationalize inequality in partnered sexual health. Self-categorization processes based on gender may prevent college males from engaging selfand partnered protective behaviors. Yet, self-categorization processes also enabled college men to envision a future relational identity as husband and father in which they engaged protective sexual health behaviors. Although discourses may signify latent benevolent sexism, they may also make room for behavior change through dissonance or messages encouraging superordinate categorization that urges engaging in preventive sexual health behaviors regardless of gender. Implications for self-categorization processes in HPV prevention are discussed.
Note18 month embargo; published online: 10 August 2017
VersionFinal accepted manuscript
SponsorsSocial and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona