Beyond Gay or Straight: Understanding Sexual Orientation

Beyond Gay or Straight: Understanding Sexual Orientation

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by Jan Clausen, Martin B. Duberman
     
 

Examining the various theories that have been proposed throughout history and present day, this book explains the riddle of sexual orientation, assessing their validity, placing them in a cultural context, and enplaning the practical ramifications of each. Includes 40 photos. See more details below

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Examining the various theories that have been proposed throughout history and present day, this book explains the riddle of sexual orientation, assessing their validity, placing them in a cultural context, and enplaning the practical ramifications of each. Includes 40 photos.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 12 UpSexual orientation defies taxonomy, according to Clausen. She proposes that insistence on definitions of sexuality based on gender preferences is a recent Euro-American phenomenon that imposes invalid restrictions on the fluid and somewhat elusive qualities of sexual desire. A first chapter states the problem as three fold: determining whether sexual preference is inborn, whether it changes over time, and whether other cultures define sexuality as we do in the West. Subsequent chapters deal with these issues in fascinating, well-researched, occasionally personal detail. In the presence of a homophobic intolerant society, Clausen's thesis cries for elucidation, but her presentation may be beyond the comprehension of unsophisticated readers. Therein lies the difficulty of recommending this book for YA audiences. A scholarly writer deserves a scholarly reader. The inclusion of graphic materials, both as illustrations and as examples from gay and lesbian literature, means that only the most mature teenagers can benefit. However, books of this nature should be included in high-school collections for those students who can gain from them.Sue A. Norkeliunas, Arlington Senior High School, LaGrangeville, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791029565
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Issues in Lesbian and Gay Life Series
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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