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Living with Dissonance: Women Students Speak Out about Sex

Roseanne Saad Khalaf


This essay focuses exclusively on the views of women students at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The initial study examined the personal texts and discourse of forty-three students, men and women, enrolled in three creative writing sections over the course of one academic semester.
Participants crafted personal texts in order to explore their views, feelings, and lived experiences regarding sex.


Sexuality; women students; American University of Beirut


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DOI: 10.32380/alrj.v0i0.184


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