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Adjusting hormones and constructing desires: new materialisations of female sexuality in Brazil.

Authors
  • Rohden, Fabíola1
  • 1 a Department of Anthropology , Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul , Porto Alegre , Brazil. , (Brazil)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Culture, health & sexuality
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2019
Volume
21
Issue
9
Pages
1045–1058
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2018.1534141
PMID: 30612507
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper presents the findings from a study conducted in Brazil among doctors specialised in the treatment of sexual problems. Its focus is on medical treatments and approaches related to female sexuality. According to the accounts provided by professionals, the most common 'problem' they encountered among women was lack of sexual desire in the period around menopause. In line with current principles of sexual medicine, they concurred that this issue resulted from declining hormone production. This paper discusses how pharmaceutical treatments have facilitated the materialisation of female desire in terms of the presence or absence of testosterone, paradoxically the hormone most commonly associated with masculinity.

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