Sexualities Identities, Behaviors, and Society

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 1/31/2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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, Second Edition, focuses on gender, using multiple disciplines, international populations, and theories to explore sexualities. Edited by Michael Kimmel and the Stony Brook Sexualities Research Group, 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. The text considers same-sex orientation, people of color, and global populations throughout.

Author Biography

Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. A leading researcher and writer on gender and men and masculinity, he is the author or editor of numerous books and articles including The Gendered Society, [Text and Reader] Fifth Edition (OUP, 2013), Manhood in America: A Cultural History, Third Edition (OUP, 2012), and Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2009).

Table of Contents

* = New to this edition.



1. Classical Inquiries
* By the Numbers: The Kinsey Code Book
* 1.1 Conceptualizing Sexuality. Stevi Jackson and Sue Scott
1.2 The Social Origins of Sexual Development. John H. Gagnon and William Simon
* 1.3 How to Get Valid Answers from Survey Questions. Anirudda Das and Edward Laumann
* 1.4 Thinking Critically about Strip Club Research. Katherine Frank
* Personal Voice: On Interviewing About Sex. Teela Sanders


2. Childhood Sexual Socialization
* By the Numbers: Gender Convergence in Rates of Sexual Activity
* 2.1 Primary School Studs: (De)Constructing Young Boy's Heterosexual Masculinities. Emma Renold
* 2.2 The Ambiguity of 'Having Sex': The Subjective Experience of Virginity Loss in the United States. Laura Carpenter
2.3 Dating and Romantic Relationships among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youths. Ritch C. Savin-Williams
* Personal Voice: My First Time - Him
* Personal Voice: My First Time - Her

3. Collegiate Sexualities
* By the Numbers: Four Factoids
3.1 The Gender of Desire: The Sexual Fantasies of College Women and Men. Michael Kimmel and Rebecca Plante
* 3.2 Working a Yes Out. Peggy Reeves Sanday
* 3.3 Gender, Agency, and Sexual Decision-Making in Collegiate Hookups. Rachel Kalish
* Personal Voice: A Personal Story About Hooking Up
4. Sexual Socialization Through the Life Course
* By the Numbers: How Would You Describe Your Sex Life Before and After You Had Children?
* 4.1 Sexual Expression in Later Life: A Review and Synthesis. John DeLamater
* 4.2 Transitions from Heterosexuality to Lesbianism: The Discursive Production of Lesbian Identities. Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson
* 4.3 Relationships, Sexuality and Adjustment among People with Physical Disability. George Taleporos and Marita McCabe
* Personal Voice: I Had Polio. I Also Have Sex. Winstone Zulu


5. Heterosexualities
* By the Numbers: Sexual Behavior Chart
5.1 The Heterosexual Questionnaire. M. Rochlin
* 5.2 Critique of Compulsory Heterosexuality. Steven Seidman
* 5.3 The Not-so-Straight Path to Heterosexuality: Sexual Orientation Questioning Among Young Men and Women. Elizabeth Morgan
* Box: The Invention of Heterosexuality. Katz
* Personal Voice: Coming Out as a Straight Man. Adam Warrington
* Personal Voice: Coming Out. Corey Brown

6. LGBT Identities
* By the Numbers: How Many People are LGBT?
6.1 Lesbian Identities: Concepts and Issues. Laura S. Brown
* 6.2 Transgender Youth. Arnold Grossman and Anthony D'Augelli
* 6.3 The Gay-Friendly Closet. Christine Williams, Patti Giuffre, and Kirsten Dillinger
* Box: LGBT: What's in a Name--or an Acronym?
* Personal Voice: Transgender Dinosaurs and the Rise of the Genderqueers. Riki Wilchins
* Box: Nine Stupid Myths about Bisexuals that will Make You Laugh. Anna Pulley

7. Non-Normative Sexual Identities and "Other" Sexual Identities
* By the Numbers: The Janus Report
* 7.1 There's More to Life than Sex? Difference and Commonality within the Asexual Community. Mark Carrigan
* 7.2 Whatever happened to non-monogamies? Critical reflections on Recent Resrearch and Theory. Meg Barker and Darren Landridge
* 7.3 Is Pedophilia a sexual orientation? Michael Seto
* Personal Voice: BDSM as a Sexual Orientation


8. Sexual Behaviors
* By the Numbers: Gender Differences
* 8.1 The Lives and Voices of Highly Sexual Women. Eric Blumberg
* 8.2 Dude Sex: White Masculinities and 'Authentic' Heterosexuality Among Dudes who have Sex with Dudes. Jane Ward
8.3 Faking It: The Story of Ohhh! Celia Roberts, Susan Klippax, Catherine Waldby, and June Crawford
* Personal Voice: Fifty Shades of Grey Sex Changed Our Lives For Ever

9. Technologies New and Old
* By the Numbers: Sex Toys
* 9.1 Cybersexuality in MMORPGs: Virtual Sexual Revolution Untapped. Zek Cypress Valkyrie
* 9.2 Average Joes: Men's Relationships with Media, Real Bodies, and Sexuality. Deborah Schooler and L. Monique Ward
* 9.3 Twenty-One Moves Guaranteed to Make his Thighs go up in Flames: Depictions of 'Great Sex' in Popular Magazines. A.Dana Menard and Peggy J. Kleinplatz
* Box: History of Viagra
* Personal Voice: No Body is 'Doing It'

10. Sex as a Global Commodity
* By the Numbers: Brothel Facts
* 10.1 Sex Work for the Middle Classes. Elizabeth Bernstein
10.2 Fantasy Islands: Exploring the Demand for Sex Tourism. Julia O'Connell Davidson and Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor
* 10.3 Human Trafficking: Globalization, Exploitation, and Transnational Sociology. Stephanie A. Limoncelli
* Personal Voice: Manifesto: PUMP
* Personal Voice: I was trafficked

11. Pornography
* By the Numbers: Porn Data
11.1 Pornography and Media: Towards a More Critical Analysis. Gail Dines and Robert Jensen
* 11.2 Pornography, Women, and Feminism: Between Pleasure and Politics. Karen Ciclitira
* 11.3 Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticvism in Pornography. Mireille Miller-Young
* Personal Voice: Manifesto. Erika Lust
* Personal Voice: Shira Tarrant Interviews Gail Dines

12. Sexual Violence
* By the Numbers: Rape Myths and Facts
* 12.1 Rape, Racism and the Myth of the Black Rapist. Angela Y. Davis
* 12.2 Male Sexual Victimization Examining Men's Experiences of Rape and Sexual Assault. Karen Weiss
* 12.3 Involving Men in Efforts to End Violence Against Women. Michael Flood
* Box: What is Sexual Assault? Walter DeKeseredy and Martin Schwartz
* Personal Voice: Filming My Rapist. Nancy Schwartzman
* Personal Voice: Her Justice is My Justice. Katherine Scott Nelson

13. Sex Education and Sexual Health
* By the Numbers: HIV Rates
* 13.1 They Think You Shouldn't Be Having Sex Anyway: Young People's Suggestions for Improving Sexuality Education Content. Louisa Allen
* 13.2 Damaged Goods: Women Managing the stigma of STDs. Adina Nack
* 13.3 'Going Down': Oral Sex, Imaginary Bodies and HIV. Celia Roberts, Susan Kippax, Mary Spongberg and June Crawford
* Personal Voice: Various Quotes
* Personal Voice: Hugo Schwyzer: "I Don't Need to Know if You Masturbate"
* Box: Goals, Values, and Fundamental Principles


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