The Gender of Sexuality

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998 - Social Science - 234 pages
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A second edition of this textbook is now available. 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.

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Just skimming through this book I am truly impressed. It makes understanding gender difference in relationship to sexuality so very clear. The research done and graphs also are excellent. I would highly recommend this book!


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Dr. Pepper Schwartz is the industry's leading relationship authority. She has contributed regularly to Glamour and has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, the Today show, and numerous national news shows. She is currently the relationship expert for and a professor of sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Virginia Rutter has been working in academia and media for two decades, first in Congress and at a mental health organization, then as a sociologist translating academic ideas to general audiences. She is the author of two books The Gender of Sexuality and The Love Test, both with Pepper Schwartz and numerous articles for Psychology Today. She has written on topics such as divorce, marriage, gender, sexuality, stepfamilies, adolescence, infidelity, depression, women in science, psychotherapy research, couples therapy, and domestic violence. Rutter gives talks and offers workshops on representations of gender in the media and on how, why, and when academics should work with the media. She has been mentioned in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Associated Press, USA Today, and, and heard on NPR programs and various liberal and conservative radio programs. She was a co-investigator of the NIH-funded National Couples Survey and a public policy fellow at the National Academies of Science. Rutter is currently Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University, a board member of the Council on Contemporary Families, and a columnist at the Girl w/ Pen blog.

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