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The Gender of Sexuality: Exploring Sexual Possibilities

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780742570047

ISBN10:
0742570045
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/4/2011
Publisher(s):
Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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Summary

The Gender of Sexuality serves as a fun and informative guide on how to approach the topics of gender and sexuality-two areas fraught with stereotypes and misinformation. The second edition of this book features significant new material on the changing status of gender, same sex marriage, and transgender. After introducing key concepts in gender and sexuality, the authors explore topics such as sexual desire, the role of biology, sexual behavior, uncommitted sexual relationships and hooking up, marriage and cohabitation, and the politics of sexuality. Examples from popular culture, film, and media invite readers to engage with key concepts. This is an ideal book for courses on gender, sexuality, marriage and family, or social problems.

Author Biography

Virginia Rutter is associate professor of sociology at Framingham State University. She is a senior fellow of the Council on Contemporary Families and an editor and columnist at Girl w/Pen, where she writes about gender and sexuality. Pepper Schwartz is professor of sociology at the University of Washington, past chair of the Board of the National Sexuality Resource Center, past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and past president of the National Sexuality Resource Center. Author of numerous books, she is a senior fellow at the Council of Contemporary Families and is the Love, Sex, and Relationship ambassador for AARP.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
What's New?p. xi
What's Our Big Idea?p. xv
How Did We Write This Book?p. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Sexual Desire and Genderp. 1
Desire: Attraction and Arousalp. 6
The Biology of Desire: Nature's Explanationp. 8
The Influence of Hormonesp. 9
The Mechanisms of Arousalp. 13
Evolutionary Psychologyp. 15
The Social Origins of Desirep. 19
The Social Construction of Sexualityp. 21
Social Control of Sexualityp. 27
An Integrative Perspective on Gender and Sexualityp. 31
Sexual Identify and Orientationp. 36
The Continuum of Desirep. 38
Gender as the Basis for Sexual Identityp. 42
Conclusionp. 43
Sexual Behavior and Genderp. 45
The Challenge of Studying Sexual Behaviorp. 46
A World of Gender Differencep. 48
Race, Ethnicity, and Social Classp. 49
Gendered Patterns in Sexual Practicesp. 53
Masturbationp. 54
Relational Sex versus Recreational Sexp. 58
Fantasy and Pornographyp. 65
Initiation and Sexual Negotiationp. 70
Orgasm and Stimulationp. 72
Numbers of Partnersp. 76
Nonmonogamyp. 79
Consent and Coercionp. 82
Conclusionp. 86
Uncommitted Sexual Relationshipsp. 89
What Does Sexual Freedom Look Like?p. 89
The Control of Sexuality: Over Time and Across Spacep. 90
Historical Change in the United Statesp. 94
The Shifting Double Standardp. 98
The Sexual Revolutionp. 101
Social Forces and Casual Sexp. 106
Frontlash and Backlash in the 1990s and Beyondp. 112
What's Happening Nowp. 114
Special Issues: Examining the Continuump. 115
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgenderp. 115
Bisexualityp. 118
Transgenderp. 121
Sex Practices among Single Peoplep. 122
Getting into Sexp. 122
First Intercoursep. 125
Frequency and Sex Partnersp. 129
Sexual Etiquettep. 134
Heterosexual Etiquette: Contraception, Safe Sex, and Abortionp. 135
Miscommunication and Sexual Privilegep. 140
Sexual Coercionp. 141
Sexual Confusionp. 144
Sexual Aggression and Complicated Emotionsp. 147
The Future of Sex among Singlesp. 149
Conclusionp. 150
Sex and Marriagep. 151
Why Do People Marry?p. 151
The Social Context of Marriagep. 153
Gender, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientationp. 155
The "Marriage Script": An Enactment of Gender Differencep. 155
Race and the Significance of Marriagep. 158
Same-Sex Commitmentp. 160
The Importance of Sex in Marriagep. 162
Commitment and Passionp. 165
Sexual Frequencyp. 165
Initiation and Refusalp. 167
Same-Sex Pairsp. 169
Everyday Influences on Committed Sexp. 171
Emotional Complications for Heterosexualsp. 172
Same-Sex Burdensp. 173
The Concerns of Older Partnersp. 175
Social Trends in Improving Committed Sexp. 176
Sex Advice of the 1960sp. 178
Advice of the 1970s: More Pleasure, Our Wayp. 179
Advice of the 1980s: Problems, Problems, Problemsp. 180
The 1990s and the New Millenium: Desire! or Desire?p. 181
Outside Temptationsp. 182
Why Do People Have Outside Sexual Relationships?p. 186
Is Nonmonogamy Gendered?p. 189
The Problem of Sustained Desire in a Divorce-Prone Societyp. 190
Peer Marriage: Love between Equalsp. 191
Conclusionp. 194
The Politics of Sexualityp. 195
Sex as a "Political Football"p. 195
Newer Sex Scandals, Newer Themesp. 196
Ambivalent Obsessionp. 200
Politics and Women's Bodiesp. 201
Debates Past and Presentp. 201
Teenage Sexuality, Hooking Up, and Emerging Adulthoodp. 204
Adolescence and Familiesp. 208
The State of Teen Sexual Behaviorp. 210
Sexuality Educationp. 216
Teen Healthp. 218
Sexual Assaultp. 220
Feminist versus Patriarchal Positionsp. 221
Strange Bedfellowsp. 226
False Prophets, False Accusations, and True Liesp. 227
Same-Sex Marriagep. 229
Where Have We Been? The Legal Journeyp. 230
Where Are We Now? Laws and Attitudesp. 231
The Debatesp. 233
Same-Sex Parenting: Does Gender Matter?p. 235
Legal Precedentp. 236
Conclusionp. 238
But How Do We Use What We Know? Questions and Answersp. 241
Sexual Functionp. 241
Sexual Orientationp. 252
Sexual Harassment and Violencep. 259
Conclusionp. 265
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 289
About the Authorsp. 303
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