Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics / Edition 1

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Overview


Interest in gender and sexual identity has soared in recent years, sparking lively discussions both inside and outside of the classroom. Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics brings together many of the vibrant voices in this ongoing dialogue, constructing a compelling new model for making sense of gender and sexuality. As it bridges the study of these topics, this dynamic anthology provides a thorough examination of their various interconnections and intersections.

Working from an accessible, incisive framework, editors Abby L. Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb, and Tre Wentling raise many provocative questions, including

• How does our understanding of the relationships between sex, gender, and sexuality vary across time and culture?

• What are the relationships between transgender, transsexual, and queer?

• How do class and race shape the experiences and expressions of gender and sexuality?

To capture the broad spectrum of its subject, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics integrates a variety of selections, including first-person accounts and narratives, poems, theoretical analyses, and critiques of existing research. In addition, the editors have created a unique glossary, which provides current definitions of both basic and cutting-edge terms. An invaluable resource for both students and instructors in this constantly evolving field, this collection of key concepts familiarizes readers with the latest developments in research and vocabulary.

Ideal for courses in sociology and women's studies, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics introduces students to the exciting new research that will shape the ways in which we understand sex, gender, and sexuality--as well as the complex and shifting relationships among these categories.

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Editorial Reviews

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"What a welcome--and well-titled--resource! Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics is just that--new, fresh, exciting, intersectional, and, at the same time, absolutely foundational to an adequate understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality. Immediately indispensable!"--Michael Kimmel, Stony Brook University

"For the first time, here is an anthology that consistently goes beyond the standard binaries of sex, gender, and sexuality. This reader presents the basics, and at the same time, queries the conventional categories. By expanding the 'opposites' of sex, gender, and sexuality and showing their intersections with each other and with social class and racial and ethnic statuses, Ferber, Holcomb, and Wentling take the basics into the twenty-first century in theory, research, and policy. Superb!"--Judith Lorber, Graduate School and Brooklyn College, CUNY, author of Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change

"Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics will make an important and timely contribution to our collective understanding of the interconnectedness of sex, gender, and sexuality. The entries included in the volume represent classic and cutting-edge articles, diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of sex/gender/sexuality, and various voices across diverse social locations. This is a much-needed text for researchers and/or teachers in the area."--Cynthia Pelak, University of Memphis

"This text is groundbreaking in bringing together sexuality and gender as interconnected fields of social inquiry."--Betsy Erbaugh, University of New Mexico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195332896
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Abby L. Ferber is Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's Studies and the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Kimberly Holcomb is an adjunct instructor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her primary sociological interests include gender, sexuality, and the intersections of social categorizations.

Tre Wentling is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Syracuse University. Wentling's current research concentrates on transgender-related social stressors and their trajectories.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: RETHINKING FOUNDATIONS: THEORIZING SEX, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY
Poem: The Occupied Territories, Essex Hemphill
1. Dueling Dualisms, Anne Fausto-Sterling
2. Muddying the Waters: Constructions of Sexuality, Gender, and Sex in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Karen Yescavage and Jonathan Alexander
3. Intersex Narratives: Gender, Medicine, and Identity, Sharon E. Preves
4. Doing Gender, Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
5. Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity, Michael S. Kimmel
6. Goodbye to the Sex-Gender Distinction, Hello to Embodied Gender: On Masculinities, Bodies, and Violence, James W. Messerschmidt
7. The Ambiguity of Sex and Virginity Loss: Insights from Feminist Research Methods, Laura M. Carpenter
8. Moving Toward Agency: Gender Subjectivity and the Learning Curve of Sexual Encounters, Heather Powers Albanesi
9. Prisons for Our Bodies, Closets for Our Minds: Racism, Heterosexism, and Black Sexuality, Patricia Hill Collins
10. Keeping Sex in Bounds: Sexuality and the (De)Construction of Race and Gender, Abby L. Ferber
11. Sexuality, Heterosexuality, and Gender Hierarchy: Getting Our Priorities Straight, Stevi Jackson
12. Which One's the Man? The Heterosexualization of Lesbian Sex, Tamsin Wilton
PART TWO: EXAMINING OUR LIVES, EXPANDING THE BOUNDARIES
Poem: Nose Is a Country . . . I Am the Second Generation, Aishe Berger
13. Loving Outside Simple Lines, Sonya Bolus
14. Whose Body Is This Anyway?, C. Jacob Hale
15. Holding My Breath Underwater, Michael Hernandez
16. Arab American Femininities: Beyond Arab Virgin/American(ized) Whore, Nadine Naber
17. Walk Like a Man: Enactments and Embodiments of Masculinity and the Potential for Multiple Genders, Sheila "Dragon Fly" Koenig
18. 'O Au No Keia: Voice From Hawai'i's Mahu and Transgender Communities, Kaua'i Iki
19. Becoming La Mujer, Marisa Navarro
20. A Young Man from Chelm: Or a Nontraditionally Gendered Hebrew School Teacher Tells All, Jaron Kanegson
21. Intimate Relationships: Learning from Later Life Experience, Ingrid Arnet Connidis
PART THREE: INVESTIGATING POWER: KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION, POPULAR CULTURE, AND VIOLENCE
A: Constructing Knowledge
Narrative: Click. Hello?, Riki Anne Wilchins
22. The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles, Emily Martin
23. Gender Shock: Exploding the Myths of Male and Female, Phyllis Burke
24. Am I Obsessed? Gender Identity Disorder, Stress, and Obsession, Tre Wentling
25. The Function of the Orgasm, Catherine Blackledge
26. Scientific Racism and the Invention of the Homosexual Body, Siobhan Somerville
27. Heterosexism in Research: The Heterosexual Questionnaire, Martin Rochlin
28. Privileges Held by Non-Trans People, Avy Skolnik and Anonymous
29. Loose Lips Sink Ships, Simone Weil Davis
B: Popular Culture
Poem: When I Was Growing Up, Nellie Wong
30. The Third Sex: Asian-American Men in Popular Culture, Robert G. Lee
31. From the "Muscle Moll" to the "Butch" Ballplayer: Mannishness, Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sports, Susan Cahn
32. Victims and Villains, Keith Boykin
33. Snow White and the Seven "Dwarfs"--Queercripped, Santiago Solis
C: Violence
Poem: With No Immediate Cause, Ntozake Shange
34. Rape and the War Against Native Women, Andrea Smith
35. Rape and the Prison Code, Terry A. Kupers
36. Sexual Science and the Law: Regulating Sex--Reifying the Power of the Heterosexual Man, Jane Ussher
37. Doing Gender and Doing Gender Inappropriately: Violence Against Women, Gay Men, and Lesbians, Barbara Perry
PART FOUR: (RE)ENVISIONING COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Poem: One . . ., Sharon Hwang Colligan
38. One in Front of the Other, Tressa Anolin Navalta
39. Whose Gay Community? Social Class, Sexual Self-Expression, and Gay Community Involvement, Donald C. Barrett and Lance M. Pollack
40. Vision of Community for GLBT Youth: Resisting Fragmentation, Living Whole: Four Female Transgender Students of Color Speak About School, Nova Gutierrez
41. African-American Women and Abortion, Loretta J. Ross
42. "My Daddy Loves Your Daddy": A Gay Father Encounters a Social Movement, John C. Miller
43. It's Not What You Wear: Fashioning a Queer Identity, Kate Woolfe
44. The Quiverfull Conviction: Christian Mothers Breed "Arrows for the War," Kathryn Joyce
45. Contested Membership: Black Gay Identities and the Politics of AIDS, Cathy J. Cohen
46. Who Are "We"? Where Sexual Orientation Meets Gender Identity, A. H. Devor
47. A World Without Gender: Making the Revolution, Judith Lorber
48. From Beyond the Closet, Steven Seidman
49. We Are All Works in Progress, Leslie Feinberg Glossary

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