Sexual Agency, Safe Sex, and Consent Negotiations in Erotic Romance Novels

  • Laura M. Moore Hood College

Abstract

Sexual script theory asserts sexual values and norms are learned through culturally available messaging. A primary site for that messaging is through erotic romance novels written by, and generally for, women. Despite its mass popularity and potential influence on sexual scripts, the social sciences have rarely examined this genre for key themes and messaging. Utilizing content analysis methods, this exploratory research examines erotic contemporary romance novels for themes of sexual agency, safe sex practices and consent. Preliminary analysis of 68 scenes from across 20 novels reveal only half model clear safe-sex practices, but successful consent negotiations are present in all scenes with verbal consent scripts found in approximately 90 percent of the exchanges. These findings are compared to earlier studies and followed brief discussion of future research opportunities.
Published
May 30, 2019
How to Cite
MOORE, Laura M.. Sexual Agency, Safe Sex, and Consent Negotiations in Erotic Romance Novels. European Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 92-96, may 2019. ISSN 2601-8640. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejss/article/view/4257>. Date accessed: 24 june 2019.