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Leena Abraham

In: Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia

Chapter 9: Redrawing the Lakshman Rekha: Gender Differences and Cultural Constructions in Youth Sexuality in Urban India

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Redrawing the Lakshman Rekha: Gender Differences and Cultural Constructions in Youth Sexuality in Urban India
Redrawing the Lakshman Rekha: Gender differences and cultural constructions in youth sexuality in Urban India
LeenaAbraham
Introduction

This essay examines gender asymmetry in youth sexuality in India through an analysis of young people's sexual experiences and their perceptions and views on marriage, virginity and premarital sex. Through this analysis the cultural constructions of male and female sexualities are explored and an attempt is made to delineate the core social and ideological forces that shape and reshape gender asymmetry. The essay is based on a larger study that explored youth sexuality in its several dimensions—individual beliefs and practices, sexual socialisation, access to information on sex, exposure to erotic materials and sexual experience.

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