Sexuality and intimate relationships in everyday life –young people’s perspectives in Israel

Menny Malka, Sivan Lotan

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This article reports on findings from a phenomenological study of young people’s perspectives on issues of sex, sexuality, and intimate relationships. The study utilised photovoice methodology to collect data from 15 young people aged 16–18 years. Analysis of 84 photovoice scenarios identified four narratives embodying participants’ perspectives on sexuality and intimate relationships: (1) authenticity versus social expectations within relationships; (2) masculinity in space; (3) misconceptions about sexuality and relationships; (4) healthy communication within relationships. Findings are discussed in the light of critical-feminist theory, which suggests that participants’ perceptions of sexuality and intimate relationships extend well beyond conservative risk discourse about sexuality. The study’s conclusions encourage researchers and professionals to engage with young people’s own perspectives and lived experiences in order to broaden understanding of sexuality and intimate relationships in everyday life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-673
Number of pages19
JournalSex Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical-feminist theory
  • intimate relationships
  • phenomenology
  • photovoice
  • sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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