University of Hertfordshire

What's sex got to do with it?

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  • Angela Meah
  • Jenny Hockey
  • Victoria Robinson
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)454-473
JournalSociological Review
Journal publication dateAug 2008
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008


This paper explores findings from a cross-generational study of the making of heterosexual relationships in East Yorkshire, which has interviewed women and men within extended families. Using a feminist perspective, it examines the relationship between heterosexuality and adulthood, focussing on sexual attraction, courtship, first kisses, first love and first sex, as mediated within family relationships, and at different historical moments. In this way, the contemporary experiences of young people growing up are compared and contrasted with those of mid-lifers and older adults who formed heterosexual relationships within the context of the changing social and sexual mores of the 1960s/1970s, and the upheavals of World War Two.

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