University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Sex and consent in contemporary youth sexual culture: the ‘ideals’ and the ‘realities’

Setty, Emily (2020) Sex and consent in contemporary youth sexual culture: the ‘ideals’ and the ‘realities’ Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning.

[img] Text
Sex and consent in contemporary youth sexual culture - AAM.pdf - Accepted version Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (1MB)


Sexual consent has increasingly become a central component of Relationships and Sex Education. This paper draws upon findings from qualitative research conducted with teenagers in England, which explored their perspectives on consent within their con- temporary youth sexual cultures, including in digital (sexting) contexts. The findings suggest that young people’s definitions of consent often did not correspond to the socially- and contextually contingent realities of negotiating and establishing consensual sex(ting). While young people’s contemporary sexual cultures may look somewhat different, longstanding gender norms and sexual scripts shaped their attitudes towards consent. The implications of the findings for RSE are discussed, including the need for more collaborative dialogue and exchange between educators and learners that engages with the situated realities of contem- porary youth sexual culture.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Date : 2020
Funders : University of Surrey
DOI : 10.1080/14681811.2020.1802242
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Uncontrolled Keywords : Sex; Sexting; Gender; Consent; Youth; Youth culture
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 01 Sep 2020 13:15
Last Modified : 01 Sep 2020 13:15

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800