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Unformatted text preview: http://das.sagepub.com/ Discourse & Society http://das.sagepub.com/content/10/3/293 The online version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/0957926599010003002 1999 10: 293 Discourse Society CELIA KITZINGER and HANNAH FRITH Perspective on Sexual Refusal Just Say No? The Use of Conversation Analysis in Developing a Feminist Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at: Discourse & Society Additional services and information for http://das.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://das.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://das.sagepub.com/content/10/3/293.refs.html Citations: What is This?- Jul 1, 1999 Version of Record >> at UNIV CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO on October 16, 2011 das.sagepub.com Downloaded from The teaching of refusal skills is common to many date rape prevention, assertiveness training and social skills programmes for young women. The assumption underlying such programmes is that young women find it difficult to refuse unwanted sexual activity. A common goal of such programmes is to teach women to just say no, clearly, directly, and unapologetically: they aim to provide women with the skills to avoid victimisation by learning to say no effectively (Kidder et al., 1983: 159). The aim of this article is to show the value of conversation analysis (CA) (Psathas, 1995; Hutchby & Wooffitt, 1998) for feminist theory and practice in the A RT I C L E 293 Just say no? The use of conversation analysis in developing a feminist perspective on sexual refusal C E L I A K I T Z I N G E R L O U G H B O RO U G H U N I V E R S I T Y H A N NA H F R I T H U N I V E R S I T Y O F T H E W E S T O F E N G L A N D A B S T R AC T . This article aims to show the value of conversation analysis for feminist theory and practice around refusal skills training and date rape prevention. Conversation analysis shows that refusals are complex conversational interactions, incorporating delays, prefaces, palliatives, and accounts. Refusal skills training often ignores and overrides these with its simplistic prescription to just say no. It should not in fact be necessary for a woman to say no in order for her to be understood as refusing sex. We draw on our own data to suggest that young women are able explicitly to articulate a sophisticated awareness of these culturally normative ways of indicating refusal, and we suggest that insistence upon just say no may be counterproductive insofar as it implies that other ways of doing refusals (e.g. with silences, compliments, or even weak acceptances) are open to reasonable doubt. Finally we discuss the implications of our use of conversation analysis for feminist psychology, both in relation to date rape and more generally....
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