Sexual Health in Changing Media Scenarios in Russia

  • Elizaveta Golousov
  • Dmitry StrovskyEmail author
Part of the Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series book series (GTMCR)


In this chapter, the authors examine sexual health not only as a definition, but also how it is prioritized in media coverage. This determines the structure of the chapter. At first, we dwell upon the theoretical frameworks of sexual health. Then sexuality and a “female issue” in Russian society based on its historical evolution are explored. Next, attention is given to media coverage of the sexual health issue. Following this, we examine the content of some contemporary female journals, such as the Russian version of Cosmopolitan, Zhenskoe zdorovye (‘Women’s Health’) and Psychologies as defining pivotal priorities for the topic of sexual health in modern Russia.


Sexual Behavior Sexual Health Sexual Education Communist Party Sexual Script 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Adler, A. (1927). Understanding human nature. Accessed 7 Jan 2015.
  2. Ananyev, V. (2006). Osnovy seksual’nogo zdorovya [The basics of sexual health]. Family Psychology and Family Therapy, N 2. St. Petersburg.Google Scholar
  3. Atemasov, A. (2011). Polovoye vospitaniye shkol’ nikov [Sexual education of the school children]. Program and methodological recommendations for those pursuing pedagogics. Moscow: Moscow State University.Google Scholar
  4. Bankroft, J. (2001). A prospective study of the effects of oral contraceptives on sexuality and well-being and their relationship to discontinuation. Contraception, 64(1). Accessed 1 July 2015.
  5. Baranov, N. (2005, June 9–10). Demokratya i rossiyskaya mentalnost’ [Democracy and Russian mentality], Mentality of ethnic cultures: Materials for the international scientific conference. St. Petersburg. Accessed 1 July 2015.
  6. Barulin, V. (2000). Rossiisky chelovek v XX veke. Poteri y obreteniya sebya [Russian man in the XX century. Losses and findings of himself]. St. Petersburg: Alateya.Google Scholar
  7. Battle, J. (1988). Uskorenie, glasnost’ and perestroika: The pattern of reform under Gorbachev, Soviet Studies , N3 . Google Scholar
  8. Berdyayev, N. (1918). Sud’ba Rossii [The fate of Russia]. Accessed 1 Nov 2014.
  9. Blanc, K. (2014, December). Nam legko pomirit’sya v posteli.[We can easily get reconciled in a bed]. Psychologies. N 104.Google Scholar
  10. Borusyak, L. (2011). In memoriam Igor Kon: A personal view. Russia and Beyond. Accessed 1 Nov 2014.
  11. Byrne, L. (2013). Women at the Altar The ordination of women in the catholic church. In The Oxford handbook on theology, sexuality and gender. New York: Continuum.Google Scholar
  12. Concept of Sexual Health: Report of a Working Group. (1987). Accessed 05 Jan 2015.
  13. Douglas, J. (2013). Understanding sexual health and its role in more effective prevention programs. Public Health Reports, 128, Accessed 1 July 2015.Google Scholar
  14. Ellis, H. (1913). Sexual inversion. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.Google Scholar
  15. Erofeeva, L. (2013). Traditional christian values and women’s reproductive rights in modern Russia – Is a consensus ever possible? American Journal of Public Health, 103, N.11.Google Scholar
  16. Foucault, M. (1976). The history of sexuality. Vol. 1: An introduction. London: Allen Lane.Google Scholar
  17. Freud, Z. (1905). Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie. Frankfurt-am-Main: Fischer.Google Scholar
  18. Fromm, E. (1956). The art of loving. Accessed 7 Jan 2015.
  19. Gagnon, J., & Simon, W. (1973). Sexual conduct: The social sources of human sexuality. Accessed 7 Jan 2015.
  20. Giami, A. (2002). Sexual health: The emergence, development, and diversity of a concept. Annual Review of Sex Research, National Institute of Health. Accessed 1 July 2015 .
  21. Grazziottin, А. (2004). Is there enough evidence for the pharmacological treatment of female sexual dysfunction? New research in female sexual dysfunction. CME Female sexual dysfunction at the 11th World Congress of the International Society for Sexual and Impotence Research in Bluenose-Aires. Accessed 7 Jan 2015.
  22. Greco, O. (2014). Devushka s oblozhki. Rita Ora [Cover girl. Rita Ora]. The Cosmopolitan, N12.Google Scholar
  23. Hirschfeld, M. (1933). Men and women: The world journey of a sexologist. Accessed 1 July 2015.
  24. Ivakhnenko, T. (2010). Vzaimosvyaz sexualnoy kulturi i seksual’nogo zdorovyya [The interaction between sexual culture and sexual health]. Vektor nauki: Toll’atinskiy universitet. Ser. Pedagogika, Psykhologiya. N 2.Google Scholar
  25. Jaynus, E. (2001). Sex offender commitments and the ‘inavility to control’: Developing legal standards and behavioral vocabulary for an elusive concept. In The sexual predator: Legal issues, clinical issues, special situations. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.Google Scholar
  26. Kadalen, S. (2014, September). Vy sleduyete svoim istinnnym zhelaniyam? (Are you following your true desires?], Psychologies, N 101.Google Scholar
  27. Kinsey, A. (1953). Sexual behavior in the human female. Philadelphia: Saunders, Accessed 1 July 2015.
  28. Kon, I. (1966). Polovaiya moral v svete sotsiologii [Sexual morals in the light of sociology]. Sovetskaia Pedagogika, # 12 Accessed 1 July 2015.
  29. Kon, I. (1989). Vvedeniye v seksologiyu [Introduction to sexology]. Moskva: Meditsyna.Google Scholar
  30. Kon, I. (2004). Seksologiya [Sexuality]. Moskva: Akademiya.Google Scholar
  31. Krafft-Ebing, R. (1886). PsychopathyaSexualis. NewYork: Stein and Day.Google Scholar
  32. Kruglova, A. (1991). Posobie molodoi semye [Textbook for the newlyweds]. Moscow: Prometei. Accessed 1 July 2015.
  33. Luchkevich, V., Semenova, V., et al. (2005). Reproduktivnoye zdorovye naseleniya kak problema sovremenoogo obshchestva [The reproductive health of the population as a problems of nowadays’s society], Vestnik Sankt-Petesburgskogo universiteta. Ser.: obrazovaniy, zdravookranenie, fizicheskay cultura. N 1.Google Scholar
  34. Maksimovsky, E. (1997). Prostitutki Moskvy. Spravochnik ‘Antibordel’. [Moscow Prostitutes. The Anti-brothel Manual]. Accessed 7 Jan 2015.
  35. National Sexuality Education Standards. (2011). Sexual education in the USA. Accessed 1 July 2014
  36. Paglia, C. (1993). Sex, art, and American culture: essays. New York: Penguin Books.Google Scholar
  37. Rivkin-Fish, M. (2005). Women’s health in post-soviet Russia: The politics of intervention. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  38. Savel’eva, N. (2014). My znakomy? [Are we familiar?], The Cosmopolitan. N 12.Google Scholar
  39. Shepeleva, I. (2014). Velikiy orgazm.[The great orgasm]. The Cosmopolitan. N 1.Google Scholar
  40. Shtyleva, L. (2011). Dva podkhoda k modernizatsii polovogo vospitaniya v sovremennykh schkolakh [Two approaches to the modernization of sexual education in modern schools]. Zhenshina v rossiskom obshchestve, N 4.Google Scholar
  41. Skornyakova, S. (2004). Politicheskya kultura y formirovaniy imidzha zhenshiny [Political cultutre and forming the image of a woman]. Politologiya.N 6. Accessed 1 July 2015.
  42. Strakhov, A. (2008). Polovoye vospitanie v Rossii: za i protiv [Sexual education in Russia: Pros and Cons], Vestnik Yuzhno-Uralskogo gosuniversiteta. Ser.: Obrazovaniye, zdravookhraneniye, physicheskaya kultura, N 19 (199). Chelyabinsk.Google Scholar
  43. Tagiltseva, G. (2011). Otnosheniye k seksual’nomy zdorovyy u zhenshin [The attitude towards sexual health among women], Aktuanlye problemy gumanitarnykh y estestvennykh nauk, N 9. St. Petersburg.Google Scholar
  44. Tedstrom, J., & Narkevich, M. (2004). Why is HIV/AIDS a public policy priority for Russia? Policy Brief N 1.1.Google Scholar
  45. The Working Definition of Sexual Health by the World Health Organization. Accessed 7 Jan 2015.
  46. Tiefer, L. (2001). A new view on women’s sexual problems. Why new? Why now? Journal of Sex Research, 38(2).Google Scholar
  47. UK National Guidelines on Safer Sex Advice. (2012). Sexual education in Great Britain. Accessed 1 July 2014.
  48. Vovlechenie v zanyatie prostitutsiey. (2015). Statya 240 Ugolovnogo Kodeksa Rossiskoi Federatsii [The Involvement in Prostitution.Clause 240. The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation]. Accessed 7 Jan 2015.
  49. Weininger, O. (1906). Sex and character. New York: G.P. Putnam.Google Scholar
  50. Whipple, B., Ladas, A., & Perru J. (1981). The G spot and other recent discoveries about human sexuality. Accessed 7 Jan 2015.
  51. Zanyatie prostitutsiei. (2015). Statya 6.11 Kodeksa administrativnykh pravonarushenii Rossiskoi Federatsii [The involvment in prostitution.Clause 6.11.The Code of Administartive Violations of the Russian Federation]. Accessed 1 July 2015.
  52. Zhulina, G. (2014). Zhensky barometr. Prislushaisya k prirodnomy tsiklu [Female barometer. Listening to the natural cycle]. Zhenskoye zdorovye. N 11.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Journalism FacultyUral Federal UniversityEkaterinburgRussia

Personalised recommendations