”VILL JAG HA SEX ELLER SKADA MIG SJÄLV?” En internetstudie kring konstruktioner av sex som självskadebeteende
The purpose of our study was to examine the construction of sex as self-injury on the Swedish internetforum Familjeliv. The construction has been analysed in terms of how discourses influence the construction of sex as self-injury. We have utilised Michel Foucault’s development of social constructivism, and a constructivist perspective on sexuality to obtain a deeper understanding of our empirical material. The analysis was done via a qualitative method and using a content analysis of our collected data. The collected data consisted of four discussion threads with 75 posts in total. Our main findings were that whether a specific sexual act is socially acceptable or not depended on the context. Our results show that the underlying motive is of importance when determining whether a sexual act can be classified as self-injury. We could conclude that both identified discourses, the mental health-discourse and the sexuality-discourse, have an impact on the construction of sex as self-injury and thereby affect social work.