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Negotiation and conflict: gender and sexual coercion in three Brazilian capitals

This article discusses sexual coercion based on a population survey data, collected between 2001 and 2002, in three Brazilian capitals (Rio de Janeiro, Salvador e Porto Alegre) - Gravad Research. The results presented refer to questions about aspects of sexual negotiation, taken as possible experiences to be identified as sexual coercion, as well as youth values and opinions concerned to sexuality. The interviews were applied to males and females aged 18-24. Analysis of the empirical data points to the importance of specific scripts and to local dynamics and beliefs in the sexual interaction between genders in terms of identifying some behaviors as ways of forced sex. We aim to relativize the notion of violence that is much present in great part of the international literature about this theme.

Sexual coercion; Sexual negotiation; Gender relations; Sexuality; Violence

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