Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire

Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire

4.2 5
by Lisa M. Diamond
     
 

Is love "blind" when it comes to gender? For women, it just might be. This unsettling and original book offers a radical new understanding of the context-dependent nature of female sexuality. Lisa Diamond argues that for some women, love and desire are not rigidly heterosexual or homosexual but fluid, changing as women move through the stages of life, various social… See more details below

Overview

Is love "blind" when it comes to gender? For women, it just might be. This unsettling and original book offers a radical new understanding of the context-dependent nature of female sexuality. Lisa Diamond argues that for some women, love and desire are not rigidly heterosexual or homosexual but fluid, changing as women move through the stages of life, various social groups, and, most important, different love relationships.

This perspective clashes with traditional views of sexual orientation as a stable and fixed trait. But that view is based on research conducted almost entirely on men. Diamond is the first to study a large group of women over time. She has tracked one-hundred women for more than ten years as they have emerged from adolescence into adulthood. She summarizes their experiences and reviews research ranging from the psychology of love to the biology of sex differences. Sexual Fluidity offers moving first-person accounts of women falling in and out of love with men or women at different times in their lives. For some, gender becomes irrelevant: "I fall in love with the person, not the gender," say some respondents.

Sexual Fluidity offers a new understanding of women's sexuality--and of the central importance of love.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026247
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.12(d)

Related Subjects

Table of Contents

Will the Real Lesbians Please Stand Up?     1
Gender Differences in Same-Sex Sexuality     17
Sexual Fluidity in Action     54
Nonexclusive Attractions and Behaviors     91
Change in Sexual Attractions     137
Attractions to "the Person, Not the Gender"     171
How Does Fluidity Work?     202
Implications of Female Sexual Fluidity     235
References     263
Notes     309
Acknowledgments     325
Index     327

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >