The Effect of Masculinity on Sexual Health Practices among College-Age Students in the United States

The Effect of Masculinity on Sexual Health Practices among College-Age Students in the United States

Peter Graffy

Abstract: My study investigates the realm of masculinity and its effect on our health system, specifically contraception. The purpose of this investigation is to examine the range of effects which masculinity produces in our society by way of shaping American sexual health practices. I conducted my fieldwork research in the environment veritably deemed the most sexual and “genderized”: college campus. The college is located in a small Midwest town of 8000 where most of my research occurred outside a downtown bar, Roscoe’s. I distributed contraception in the form of condoms to gauge the responses of my peers when it came to sexual health. I argue that masculinity has a significant impact through the social power which it wields over the American system of sexual health

Publication date: 2011

Student Anthropologist, 2 (2), 12 – 19

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