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Davidson College

Publication Date

Fall 2019

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Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


I conducted a Creative Independent Study Project and wrote two short stories that include themes of women’s sexual desire/pleasure, sexual debuts, masturbation, discoveries, and understandings of one’s sexuality. Because women receive so many messages about keeping their chastity and so few about pursuing the pleasures sex can provide, the opportunities to promote the exploration of women’s sexual desire cannot be missed. To write my stories and answer my research question, I read and watched a variety of both academic and creative materials. I wanted to do this work because these are the stories I needed in high school when I was discovering my sexuality. This creative writing based on theoretical understandings of a topic is something I have wanted to produce for a few years, and which I hope will continue to be a part of my creative writing process. Over the course of this project, I have learned that I am capable of writing multi-layered short stories with an actual plotline, something that was not the case even a few months ago. The more frequently female sexual desires and experiences are placed in a spotlight and given voices, the less taboo they will be and the easier it will be to discuss these topics, which can only be good for everyone.


Children's and Young Adult Literature | Creative Writing | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Fiction | Gender and Sexuality | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Other English Language and Literature | Women's Studies


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