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Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates on Sexual Orientation
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Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates on Sexual Orientation

by Thomas S. Serwatka
 

This provocative book examines the important issues in contemporary debates on sexual orientation—from our various religious beliefs to our stereotypes about homosexuals, from questions about the origin of sexual orientation to the lessons we can learn from history.

• Presents nine sets of questions central to the ongoing cultural debates on sexual

Overview

This provocative book examines the important issues in contemporary debates on sexual orientation—from our various religious beliefs to our stereotypes about homosexuals, from questions about the origin of sexual orientation to the lessons we can learn from history.

• Presents nine sets of questions central to the ongoing cultural debates on sexual orientation

• Includes personal anecdotes

• Provides data drawn from cross-disciplinary research

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a well-researched, superlatively written summary of the current state of knowledge about sexual orientation. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries." - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313386121
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"It never ceases to surprise me that at a time when our world faces massive problems such as war, disease, hunger and starvation some people should be spending so much time and energy on sexual orientation, determined to discriminate against others because of their sexual orientation. I believe that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community has the same rights and freedom as anyone else in our world. We are not free until we are all free.

In Queer Questions, Clear Answers, Tom Serwatka looks at the issues that keep dividing us on this topic. Throughout the pages of his book heÊ offers us the tools we need to carry on an open and honest dialogue -- a dialogue aimed at building understanding and respect for each other."

Dr. Marilyn Volker
"If you are going to read just one book about our social struggle with sexual orientation and the heated arguments surrounding this topic, it needs to be Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates on Sexual Orientation. This user-friendly book will help us understand the issues from various perspectives—why we are fighting over the origins of homosexuality, how we have both accepted and rejected gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals throughout history, and where we are in the current battle for equal rights. Serwatka also provides us with direct answers about some of our society's often mentioned fears of sexual promiscuity, child molestation, and mental illness.

In his unique informative and engaging style, Serwatka presents his case providing us with an intelligently written review of the research that's being used by both conservative and liberal voices, adding personal stories to help us understand how these facts affect our daily life decisions. STARS to Dr. Serwatka for taking on this challenge for ALL sides to consider."

Dr. Marilyn Volker

"If you are going to read just one book about our social struggle with sexual orientation and the heated arguments surrounding this topic, it needs to be Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates on Sexual Orientation. This user-friendly book will help us understand the issues from various perspectives--why we are fighting over the origins of homosexuality, how we have both accepted and rejected gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals throughout history, and where we are in the current battle for equal rights. Serwatka also provides us with direct answers about some of our society's often mentioned fears of sexual promiscuity, child molestation, and mental illness.

In his unique informative and engaging style, Serwatka presents his case providing us with an intelligently written review of the research that's being used by both conservative and liberal voices, adding personal stories to help us understand how these facts affect our daily life decisions. STARS to Dr. Serwatka for taking on this challenge for ALL sides to consider."

Dr. Marilyn Volker, nationally known sexologist and former host of SIRIUS radio's Sex with Marilyn

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"It never ceases to surprise me that at a time when our world faces massive problems such as war, disease, hunger and starvation some people should be spending so much time and energy on sexual orientation, determined to discriminate against others because of their sexual orientation. I believe that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community has the same rights and freedom as anyone else in our world. We are not free until we are all free.

In Queer Questions, Clear Answers, Tom Serwatka looks at the issues that keep dividing us on this topic. Throughout the pages of his book heÊ offers us the tools we need to carry on an open and honest dialogue -- a dialogue aimed at building understanding and respect for each other."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"It never ceases to surprise me that at a time when our world faces massive problems such as war, disease, hunger and starvation some people should be spending so much time and energy on sexual orientation, determined to discriminate against others because of their sexual orientation. I believe that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community has the same rights and freedom as anyone else in our world. We are not free until we are all free.

In Queer Questions, Clear Answers, Tom Serwatka looks at the issues that keep dividing us on this topic. Throughout the pages of his book he offers us the tools we need to carry on an open and honest dialogue — a dialogue aimed at building understanding and respect for each other."

Meet the Author

Thomas S. Serwatka, PhD, is vice president and chief-of-staff at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, where he has held positions as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school.

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