SeXistence. Sexuality and intimacy as quality of life
On the professionalization of sexual assistance.
The project is dedicated to the question of sexual self-determination and the enabling of this by others. The aim of the project is to explore the current demand and supply situation for passive and active sexual assistance and sexual accompaniment and, in connection with this, to record the self-image of those who offer this accompaniment. Guiding the project is the assumption that in the face of an activist (counter)discourse that increasingly demands sexual self-determination, social work is under pressure to act in response to these demands. If social work is concerned with improving the quality of life of its addressees, what about the quality of life with regard to sexuality? Are social work professionals equipped with the necessary knowledge and on which normative conceptions of sexuality do they draw? What about the professionals who provide active and passive sexual assistance? The aim of this project is to analyze the knowledge systems of professionals in social work with regard to sexuality and, on the basis of this research, to contribute to meeting the diverse needs of the addressees in the long term.
The project has been funded by the Gender and Women’s Research Center of the Hessian Universities (gffz) since 9/2021.