The Gender of Sexuality: Exploring Sexual Possibilities

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - Psychology - 303 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Sexual Desire and Gender
1
Chapter 2 Sexual Behavior and Gender
45
Chapter 3 Uncommitted Sexual Relationships
89
Chapter 4 Sex and Marriage
151
Chapter 5 The Politics of Sexuality
195
Chapter 6 But How Do We Use WhatWe Know? Questions and Answers
241
Bibliography
269
Index
289
About the Authors
303
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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 chairman 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.

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