Theme 1: perceptions of intercourse in Sweden and Berlin
This theme is composed of two groups: Normative surroundings and Accessibility of lovers and practices that are sexual.
The perception of intercourse and intimate training ended up being a combination of numerous facets on the basis of the social norms as well as the accessibility of lovers and intimate practices 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 British writer, Christopher Isherwood’s magazines such as for example Goodbye to Berlin—later changed into the musical Cabaret 44 —were mentioned by a number of the informants as one factor in producing a notion, or a sense of Berlin with a rather various normative environment at home.
I’d a really romanticized image of Berlin, based on literary works, films, Cabaret, gay stories told by buddies and acquaintances. We had most likely built a graphic of Berlin as being a town which could provide some decadence that is lovely sin. (Informant 2)
Other references producing the notion of Berlin included history, language and much more modern aspects like the techno scene plus the art globe. The individuals had an in depth to homogenic description of Sweden being a place that is narrow-minded drive factors for making.