Sexuality and Gender / Edition 1

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The essays included here reflect differences in race, gender and class and demonstrate how different social groups experience different sets of social norms. Topics include gender and sex theory, identity, childhood and adolescent sexuality, the objectification of women, sexuality and religion, leisure and recreation, politics and social change and the possible future of sexual relationships.

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"A superb collection! This book collects some of the most important works on gender and sexuality by contemporary social scientists. It is, instantly, the foundational anthology in the field." Michael Kimmel, State University of New York at Stony Brook

"Sexuality and Gender is a terrific volume. Cutting-edge articles by the most innovative scholars working in this area today address just about everything one might want to know from a social science perspective on sexuality. This will be an excellent collection for classroom use, as well as a great read for anyone interested in sexuality and gender." Judith A. Howard, University of Washington

"Finally, a reader on the sociology of sexualities. Basic and sophisticated, accessible and complex, this collection of both classics and newer work is bound to be a resource for students and scholars alike. Williams and Stein have captured the broad reach of the sociological imagination in sexuality studies." Janice Irvine, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

"One of the best students readers currently available ... Almost everyone who teaches in this field will find something here that stimulates their interest further and challenges them to approach familiar themes from new angles" Sexualities

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Meet the Author

Christine L. Williams is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Gender Differences at Work: Women and Men in Nontraditional Occupations (1989) and Still a Man's World: Men Who Do "Women's Work" (1995), and is the editor of Doing 'Women's Work': Men in Nontraditional Occupations (1993) and Feminist Views of the Social Sciences (2000). She has served as chair of the Sex and Gender section of the American Sociological Association.

Arlene Stein teaches sociology at Rutgers University. She is the author of Sex and Sensibility: Stories of a Lesbian Generation (1997) and The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community' Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights (2001), and is the editor of Sisters, Sexperts, Queers: Beyond the Lesbian Nation (1993). She has served as chair of the Sexualities section of the American Sociological Association.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Thinking About Sexuality 3
1 Higamous-Hogamous 5
2 Symbolic Interactionism and Sexual Conduct: An Emergent Perspective 20
3 Pleasure under Patriarchy 33
4 A Queer Encounter: Sociology and the Study of Sexuality 44
Pt. II Gender and Sexual Identities 61
5 The Naked Citadel 63
6 Subject Honor and Object Shame: The Construction of Male Homosexuality and Stigma in Nicaragua 87
7 Copycat 100
8 Sexuality and Gender in Certain Native American Tribes: The Case of Cross-Gender Females 113
Pt. III Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence 125
9 Sexuality and Gender in Children's Daily Worlds 127
10 "I couldn't ever picture myself having sex ...": Gender Differences in Sex and Sexual Subjectivity 142
11 "The punk guys will really overpower what the punk girls have to say": The Boys' Turf 167
12 Tough Times: Susan Carter 174
Pt. IV Sexual Objectification 191
13 The Sexual Politics of Black Womanhood 193
14 The Meaning of Sex 207
15 Working for Men: At the Intersection of Power, Gender, and Sexuality 221
16 Boundary Lines: Labeling Sexual Harassment in Restaurants 239
Pt. V Sexuality and Religion 257
17 Breaking Walls, Raising Fences: Masculinity, Intimacy, and Accountability among the Promise Keepers 259
18 Sex-Segregated Living: Celebrating the Female 272
19 The Metropolitan Community Churches and the Gay Agenda: The Power of Pentecostalism and Essentialism 282
20 The Muslim Concept of Active Female Sexuality 297
Pt. VI Leisure and Recreation 309
21 Publicity Traps: Television Talk Shows and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Visibility 311
22 Girls, Media, and the Negotiation of Sexuality: A Study of Race, Class, and Gender in Adolescent Peer Groups 332
23 Becoming 100 Percent Straight 349
24 Fantasy Islands: Exploring the Demand for Sex Tourism 355
Pt. VII Sexual Politics and Social Change 369
25 Sex and Society 371
26 A Place Called Home: A Queer Political Economy: Mexican Immigrant Men's Family Experiences 382
27 Gay and Lesbian Families are Here; All Our Families Are Queer; Let's Get Used to It! 395
28 Social Control, Civil Liberties, and Women's Sexuality 408
Pt. VIII Future Directions 425
29 Beyond the Closet? The Changing Social Meaning of Homosexuality in the United States 427
30 Intimacy as Democracy 446
31 Intimacy Transformed? A Critical Look at the "Pure Relationship" 456
32 The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough 468
Index 474
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