Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities / Edition 1

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The scientific study of sexual identity has made great strides in the five decades since Kinsey's early investigations.; We know that sexual orientation exists on a continuum and not within a list of static categories such as "straight" and "gay", yet it's not always clear what should be measured, or what should "count." It's understood that sexual orientation is an intricate blend of sexual attraction, behavior, and identity, but it can also be informed by political identity, social behavior, and nuances of attraction that may possibly transcend sex. However one defines sexuality, Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities relates these concepts to larger societal issues while also highlighting critical grey areas in the knowledge base, from the psychobiology of desire to the fluidity of adolescent sexual experience and self-expression. Well-known scholars in the psychology of sexual orientation:
• Explore the challenges of answering the basic question "How many gays are there?" when scholars, statisticians, and research participants widely disagree.
• Set out a cogent framework for understanding the degrees of sexual prejudice and stigma, motivation for hate crimes, and their effects on sexual minorities.
• Review the state of research on same-sex relationships as a work in progress.
• Report on the evolving legal status of gays and lesbians, as more same-sex couples consider adoption and lobby to change the marriage laws.
• Present current findings on children raised in same-sex households, from behavioral health to social relationships
• Raise the pertinent question-given the disparities between men and women in terms of sexual expression and arousal-"What is sexual orientation, and how do we view it through the lens of gender Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities is especially timely during this current crossroads of social and political acceptance, and is thought-p

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"This volume is a snapshot in time of what we know about the sexual identities of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals. … it summarizes past research; more important, it presents a platform for launching future research. … Practitioners (e.g., counselors, therapists, educators, social workers, and even policy makers) and all students in training need to read this book. It is an invaluable resource for researchers seeking to push the boundaries of our understanding of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals." (Robert D. Brown, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (42), 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387095554
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Series: Nebraska Symposium on Motivation Series, #54
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Debra A. Hope Hope, Debra A. 1

2 How Many Gays are There? It Depends Ritch C. Savin-Williams Savin-Williams, Ritch C. 5

3 What is Sexual Orientation and Do Women Have One? J. Michael Bailey Bailey, J. Michael 43

4 Sexual Stigma and Sexual Prejudice in the United States: A Conceptual Framework Gregory M. Herek Herek, Gregory M. 65

5 An Overview of Same-Sex Couples in Relation Ships: A Research Area Still at Sea Esther D. Rothblum Rothblum, Esther D. 113

6 Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children: A Social Science Perspective Charlotte J. Patterson Patterson, Charlotte J. 141

7 Love, Marriage, and Baby Carriage Among Sexual Minorities- and Bias: Discussion of the 54th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation Marvin R. Goldfried Goldfried, Marvin R. 183

Index 197

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