Swedish cinema historically has a more liberal stance towards sex than their North American counterparts. These early Swedish summer films blended arthouse with grindhouse in the Scandinavian countryside, and they were able to appeal both to highbrow and lowbrow audiences as a result. This reputation was embraced in Swedish cinema for decades, and these ten films exemplify that. Set during World War II, the film tells the story of a love affair between Stig, a fifteen-year-old boy on the verge on manhood, and Viola, his schoolteacher. Viola feels trapped in a troubled marriage to Kjell, who struggles with depression and alcoholism. Things are further complicated when Stig and Kjell become friends. The camera does an excellent job of building tension, and of balancing a feeling of intimacy with one of intrigue. Swedish erotic cinema has not been just restricted to the arthouse, however. In the s in particular, comedic sex romps became increasingly common. Stepping away from raunchy comedy, the Swedish attitude toward sexuality can be felt in more experimental titles, as well.
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Nearly all were heterosexual. Current orgasmic capacity was broadly and subjectively classified into: no, mild, or manifest dysfunction. Sexual techniques and erotic perceptions were recorded together with level of sexual satisfaction.
While this boxset's title and those of the films it contains conjures up cheerful images of light, saucy frolics, the contents prove to be a much more serious proposition. Of the six films included, three are actually sex education movies, while the three fiction films on offer centre on 'damaged' women caught up in games of sex, control and power. The first two take the form of extremely serious panel discussions hosted by psychologists Inge and Sten Hegeler, joined by various experts to discuss sex in all of its myriad forms. Indeed, the second installment specifically focuses on more taboo elements such as disabilities, homosexuality, transvestism and pornography. The final film dispenses with the guests and pays a visit to the Hegeler family at their holiday retreat, where they play with their kids in the pool, cook food and discuss sexual case studies, which are acted out onscreen for the viewer's benefit. The three ficition films in the set act as a showcase for Swedish actress and glamour model Christina Lindberg. Anita: Swedish Nymphet finds the starlet playing an alienated young woman whose search for love takes a self-destructive turn as she journeys into the world of nymphomania.
View research View latest news Sign up for updates. This study focuses on the narratives of four young Swedish women who were interviewed about their experiences of heterosexual casual sex. Although Reay bemoans the lack of a historical perspective on the phenomenon of casual sex, and reminds us that the practice of uncommitted sex is not an invention of modernity, theoretical Bauman ; Giddens ; Sigusch as well as empirical Kalish and Kimmel ; Paul and Hayes ; Timmerman and Courtois scholars tend to describe it as a fairly new and growing practice. The plethora of empirical studies in this area over the last decade also suggests that an increasing number of researchers find casual sex to be an important topic of investigation cf. Boislard et al. In this study, we want to contribute to the field by analyzing the narratives of four young Swedish women who were interviewed on the basis of their experiences of heterosexual casual sex. As pointed out by Farvid and Braun , p. It is associated with unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, mental problems, and other difficulties, and young females are identified as a particularly vulnerable group in numerous studies e. Although we do not deny the reality of these results, to which there are certainly exceptions e.