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dc.contributor.authorOlamijuwon, Emmanuel
dc.contributor.authorOdimegwu, Clifford
dc.identifier.citationOlamijuwon , E & Odimegwu , C 2021 , ' Saving sex for marriage : an analysis of lay attitudes towards virginity and its perceived benefit for marriage ' , Sexuality & Culture , vol. First Online .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 275719928
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: cb217b31-0377-46b8-ae00-1888fb0a6fda
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-6109-8131/work/100172930
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85115065485
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000696418100001
dc.descriptionEO acknowledges funding support from the Southern Africa Systems Analysis Centre, National Research Foundation, South Africa, grant number: 118772, and the Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.en
dc.description.abstractHow do young people interpret virginity loss, and does saving sex for marriage have any socially constructed benefit for marriage? This study answers this question using data obtained from a peer-led Facebook group with more than 175,000 participants, mostly in African countries, particularly Nigeria. A reflexive thematic analysis was used to analyze 100 public wall posts and 3860 comments posted on the group between June 2018 and May 2019. Four distinctive interpretations of virginity loss comprising the gift, precondition, stigma, and process emerged from the data. These interpretations were also gendered, such that a woman’s virginity was interpreted as a gift but a stigma for men. The wall posts and comments further suggest that saving sex for marriage may have some culturally sensitive benefits, including trust, and marital sexual satisfaction. Altogether the findings expand the current understanding of the diverse perceived benefits of virginity that move beyond honour and respect to more complex benefits like trust in a union, sexual satisfaction and ultimate satisfaction in marriage.
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dc.subjectSexual abstinenceen
dc.subjectMarital satifiactionen
dc.subjectWomen's healthen
dc.subjectSocial mediaen
dc.subjectHQ The family. Marriage. Womanen
dc.subjectHM Sociologyen
dc.titleSaving sex for marriage : an analysis of lay attitudes towards virginity and its perceived benefit for marriageen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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