Date of Award

Summer 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Elizabeth Monk-Turner

Committee Member

Katarina E. Wegar

Committee Member

Ingrid Whitaker

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 P76 2011


Since the explosive profit of Viagra in 1998, the pharmaceutical giants have been scrambling to develop a similar drug to treat Sexual Dysfunction in women. Female Sexual Dysfunction became an official disorder in 1999 shortly after the release of Viagra. This relatively new disorder has emerged as a prominent example of the medicalization of female sexuality whereby problems are defined, conceptualized, and solved in medical terms.

The inherent problem in medicalization is the denial of social, cultural, and psychological factors in women's sexual issues and concerns. To address this disconnect between the medical and social models of sexuality this study analyzed a sample of women to assess the influence of social factors on sexual satisfaction independent of sexual functioning and other medical variables. Results confirmed the significance of social factors in sexual satisfaction.


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