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Gay, straight, bisexual: how much does sexual orientation matter to a teenager's mental health or sense of identity? In this down-to-earth book, filled with the voices of young people speaking for themselves, Ritch Savin-Williams argues that the standard image of gay youth presented by mental health researchers--as depressed, isolated, drug-dependent, even suicidal--may have been exaggerated even twenty years ago, and is far from accurate today.
The New Gay Teenager gives us a refreshing and frequently controversial introduction to confident, competent, upbeat teenagers with same-sex desires, who worry more about the chemistry test or their curfew than they do about their sexuality. What does "gay" mean, when some adolescents who have had sexual encounters with those of their own sex don't consider themselves gay, when some who consider themselves gay have had sex with the opposite sex, and when many have never had sex at all? What counts as "having sex," anyway? Teenagers (unlike social science researchers) are not especially interested in neatly categorizing their sexual orientation.
In fact, Savin-Williams learns, teenagers may think a lot about sex, but they don't think that sexuality is the most important thing about them. And adults, he advises, shouldn't think so either.
“Gay, straight, bisexual: how much does sexual orientation matter to a teenager’s mental health or sense of identity?,” ask the publishers of The New Gay Teenager. According to the author, a lot has changed in 20 years, and the standard image of gay youth presented by mental health researchers--as depressed, isolated, drug-dependent, even suicidal--is “far from accurate” today. A professor of clinical and developmental psychology at Cornell University, Savin-Williams attempts to shed light on the day-to-day experiences of gay teenagers in this, his second book about gay youth. He does so by going straight to the source; The New Gay Teenager is full of personal histories and intimate interviews with teens who explain just what it’s like to be “postgay” and “gayish.” With his conversational style, Savin-Williams transforms his research into a fascinating account of the language modern gay youth use to describe their sexual preferences and experiences. His findings confirm what many other observers have noted: the current generation of youth has increasingly open ideas regarding sexuality that will likely have an unprecedented cultural impact. The New Gay Teenager is a highly accessible book that will be of particular value to adults and senior high school and advanced students looking to further understand the ways in which gay adolescents think about and construct their identities today. Reviewer: Sarah Howard
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)
1. Why the New Gay Teenager?
2. Who's Gay?
3. In the Beginning... Was Gay Youth
4. Models or Trajectories?
5. Feeling Different
6. Same-Sex Attractions
7. First Sex
9. Resilience and Diversity
10. Refusing and Resisting Sexual Identity Labels
Posted February 4, 2013
The writer is very knowledgeable and speaks in a language anyone can understand. I am currently taking LGBT studies and this book speaks to the
current adolescent perspective.