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Featuring a variety of readings, this interdisciplinary anthology addresses such key questions as: How are sexualities socially constructed? Why are sexualities more than just natural "urges" or "drives"? and How are sexualities personal, social, and political?
Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society focuses on gender, using multiple disciplines, international populations, and theories to explore sexualities. The readings--including several written specifically for this volume--will grab students' attention. Topics range from the motivations of X-rated movie stars to vibrator use to gendered sexual fantasies. Same-sex orientation, people of color, and global populations are considered throughout. Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society opens with classical and contemporary theories about sexualities, including selections by Freud, Kinsey, and Fausto-Sterling. Subsequent chapters explore the ways in which we learn about sexual activities and develop sexual identities, both heterosexual and same-sex. The discussion expands to include sexual adaptations, sexual media, intersections with violence, and sexual education. The text ends with a key question: How will the next generation be taught about sex?
With its synthesized focus on the psychological, social, ethical, and political dimensions of sexualities, Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society is ideal for courses in sociology, women's studies, anthropology, family studies, communication, and social work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195157604
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/12/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

SUNY Stony Brook

Ithaca College

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction to sexualities 1
Ch. 1 Classical inquiries 3
Femininity 4
A system of psychology of sexual life 11
Analysis of the sexual impulse 15
Learning to masturbate 20
The sexual response cycle 24
The social origins of sexual development 29
Ch. 2 Contemporary interrogations 38
The five sexes : why male and female are not enough 39
'Homosexual' and 'heterosexual' : questioning the terms 44
Asking questions about sex 46
Historical, scientific, clinical and feminist criticisms of 'the human sexual response cycle' model 52
Creating good-looking genitals in the service of gender 64
Pt. 2 Sexual identities 71
Ch. 3 Becoming sexual 73
Sexuality and gender in children's daily worlds 74
Doing desire : adolescent girls' struggles for/with sexuality 87
High-schoolers' masturbatory practices : their relationship to sexual intercourse and personal characteristics 99
Asian-American adolescents : issues in the expression of sexuality 106
Dating and romantic relationships among gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths 113
Ch. 4 Sexual identities and sexual behaviors 123
The gender of desire: the sexual fantasies of college women and men 123
The heterosexual questionnaire 136
Navigating sex, sexuality, and Christian values 137
Casual sex on spring break : intentions and behaviors of Canadian students 144
Influences of culture on Asian Americans' sexuality 159
Ch. 5 Same-sex sexualities 170
Lesbian identities : concepts and issues 171
Beyond the closet? : the changing social meaning of homosexuality in the United States 184
Gay and lesbian relationships 200
Two many and not enough : the meanings of bisexual identities 216
Coming out and crossing over : identity formation and proclamation in an transgender community 230
The M/F boxes 250
Pt. 3 Sexual behaviors 255
Ch. 6 Variations and adaptations 257
Sadomasochistically oriented behavior : diversity of practice and meaning 258
Faking it : The story of 'ohh!' 266
Characteristics of vibrator use among women 275
Sexuality in cyberspace : update for the 21st century 285
Ch. 7 Sex as a global commodity 299
The production of identity and the negotiation of intimacy in a 'gentleman's club' 300
Prostitution and Fellatio 310
'The worst thing is the screwing' (1) : consumption and the management of identity in sex work 317
Fantasy islands : exploring the demand for sex tourism 331
Ch. 8 Pornography 342
Sexual violence in three pornographic media : towards a sociological explanation 343
Internet pornography : a social psychological perspective on internet sexuality 354
Pornography and media : towards a more critical analysis 369
Creating a scene : the work of performing sex 380
Pt. 4 Sexuality as politics 391
Ch. 9 Sexual violence 393
College women's fears and precautionary behaviors relating to acquaintance rape and stranger rape 394
Sexual terrorism 409
Raped : a male survivor breaks his silence 424
Rape-prone versus rape-free campus cultures 428
Ch. 10 Sex education and sexual health 438
No-sex education : from 'chastity' to 'abstinence' 438
Educational sex videos : what are they teaching? 456
Sexuality and subversion : university peer sexuality educators and the possibilities for change 460
Sexuality, culture, and power in HIV/AIDS research 467
Index 479
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