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Signs: Journal Of Women In Culture & SocietyThis book will no doubt endure as a chronicle of and commentary on the social context of sexuality.
— Verta Taylor
A great supplementary paperback for social problems or introductory sociology, as well as courses on gender, the family, or human sexuality. The only well-researched and well-written book that examines how and why sexual behavior and issues are different for women and men.
Part 1 1. Sexual Desire and Gender Chapter 2 Desire: Attraction and Arousal Chapter 3 The Biology of Desire: Nature's Explanation Chapter 4 Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology Chapter 5 Social Origins of Desire Chapter 6 An Integrative Perspective on Gender and Sexuality Chapter 7 Gender as the Basis for Sexual Identity Part 8 Sexual Behavior and Gender Chapter 9 The Challenge of Studying Sexual Behavior Chapter 10 The Bell Curve of Women's and Men's Sexuality Chapter 11 Gender, Ethnicity, and Sexuality Chapter 12 Gendered Patterns in Sexual Practices Part 13 Uncommitted Sexual Relationships Chapter 14 The Control of Sexuality: Over Time and Across Space Chapter 15 Historical Change in the United States Chapter 16 Sex Practices Among the Uncommitted Chapter 17 Sexual Etiquette in the 1990s Chapter 18 Miscommunication and Sexual Privilege Chapter 19 The Future of Single Sex Part 20 4. Sex and Marriage Chapter 21 Why Do People Marry? Chapter 22 The Social Context of Marriage Chapter 23 Gender, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation Chapter 24 The Importance of Sex in Marriage Chapter 25 Commitment and Passion Chapter 26 Everyday Influences on Committed Sex Chapter 27 Social Trends in Improving Committed Sex Chapter 28 The Problem of Outside Temptations Chapter 29 The Problem of Sustained Desire in a Divorce-Prone Society Chapter 30 Peer Marriage: Love Between Equals Part 31 5. The Politics of Sexuality Chapter 32 Debates Past and Present Chapter 33 Teenage Sexuality Chapter 34 Sexual Assault Chapter 35 Same-Sex Marriage Part 36 6. Answers and Questions Chapter 37 Sexual Orientation Chapter 38 Sexual Harrassment and Violence Chapter 39 Sexual Function