Theme 1: perceptions of intercourse in Sweden and Berlin
This theme is composed of two groups: Normative surroundings and Accessibility of lovers and intimate methods.
The perception of intercourse and practice that is sexual a combination of numerous facets in line with the social norms plus the accessibility of lovers and sexual methods and intimate arenas. These perceptions differed in the event that individuals described Sweden or Berlin. Variations in social norms between Sweden and Berlin appeared to be key motivators to keep Sweden and travel or relocate to Berlin. The author that is british Christopher Isherwood’s publications such as for example Goodbye to Berlin—later converted into the musical Cabaret 44 —were mentioned by a few of the informants as one factor in creating a notion, or a sense of Berlin with a rather various normative environment from your home.
I experienced a tremendously image that is romanticized of, in relation to literary works, films, Cabaret, gay stories told through buddies and acquaintances. We had most likely built a picture of Berlin as a town that may provide some decadence that is lovely sin. (Informant 2)
Other recommendations producing the thought of Berlin included history, language and much more aspects that are contemporary the techno scene while the art globe. The individuals had a detailed to homogenic description of Sweden being a place that is narrow-minded drive factors for leaving. Similarly homogenic ended up being the description of Berlin as being a place that is liberal creating pull factors (package 1). A feeling of increased intimate freedom and liberation had been a re-occurring subject for most for the individuals.
My entire life seems a lot more interesting along with with this surrounding me personally, not just what exactly is provided intimately but additionally culturally, artistically, music, social networking, fashion. (…) It’s therefore appropriate and modern. (Informant 13)