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Sex, Gender and Sexuality

The New Basics, Third Edition

Abby L. Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb and Tre Wentling

Pushing the boundaries of traditional sex, gender, and sexuality theories, this edited volume brings together classic and cutting-edge works that will engage and challenge students. Now in its third edition, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics features many vibrant voices in the ongoing dialogue between gender and sexuality studies, constructing a compelling new model for making sense of gender and sexuality. It integrates a variety of selections, including first-person accounts and narratives, poems, theoretical analyses, and critiques of existing research. In addition, the editors have created a unique glossary that provides current definitions of both basic and leading-edge terms.

Readership : Undergraduate college students of the sociology of gender and sexuality.


  • "A quality read that is truly committed to exploring the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality."
    --Kathleen J. Fitzgerald, Loyola University, New Orleans

  • "This collection of diverse essays prompts students to approach sex, gender, and sexuality as social constructions; to think critically about the interrelations between sex, gender, and sexuality; and to consider how to advance further discussion of these topics in ways that make the lives of all individuals more understandable, secure, and authentic."
    --Kelly Dagan, Illinois College

  • "I like the approach very much. I especially applaud the editors for the inclusion of disability, transnational, and size-focused essays across the sections."
    --Julianne Guillard, University of Richmond

*An asterisk indicates new to the third edition
New to the Third Edition
Key Terms
Part One: Theoretical Foundations
1. Anne Fausto-Sterling, "Dueling Dualisms"
2. * Bethany M. Coston and Michael Kimmel, "Seeing Privilege Where It Isn't: Marginalized Masculinities and the Intersectionality of Privilege"
3. Leila J. Rupp, "Toward a Global History of Same-Sex Sexuality"
4. Chrys Ingraham, "Heterosexuality: It's Just Not Natural!"
5. * Kristen Schilt and Laurel Westbrook, "Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: Gender Normals, Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality"
6. * Robert McRuer, "Compulsory Able-Bodiedness and Queer/Disabled Existence"
7. * Adam Isaiah Green, "Remembering Foucault: Queer Theory and Disciplinary Power"
8. * Jane Ward, "Nowhere without It: The Homosexual Ingredient in the Making of Straight White Men"
Part Two: Identity
9. Martin Rochlin, "Heterosexism in Research: The Heterosexual Questionnaire"
10. * Nicholas Solebello and Sinikka Elliott, "We want them to be as Heterosexual as Possible: Fathers Talk about Their Teen Children's Sexuality"
11. Andrew Matzner, "'O Au No Keia: Voices From Hawai'i's Mahu and Transgender Communities"
12. * Shiri Eisner, "Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution"
13. * Karli June Cerankowski and Megan Milks, "New Orientations: Asexuality and Its Implications for Theory and Practice"
14. * Elizabeth McDermott, "The World Some Have Won: Sexuality, Class and Inequality"
15. Eli Clare, "Naming" and "Losing Home"
16. Ahoo Tabatabai, "Protecting the Lesbian Border: The Tension Between Individual and Communal Authenticity"
17. * Margaret Cruikshank, "Aging and Identity Politics"
18. Sonya Bolus, "Loving Outside Simple Lines"
Part Three: Whose Body is This?: Violence and Reproduction
19. C. Jacob Hale, "Whose Body Is This Anyway?"
20. * Jennifer Finney Boylan, "Trans Deaths, White Privilege"
21. * Gabrielle Lucero, "Military Sexual Assault: Reporting and Rape Culture"
22. Andrea Smith, "Rape and War against Native Women"
23. Kate Harding, "How Do You Fuck a Fat Woman?"
24. Kamala Kempadoo, "Women of Color and the Global Sex Trade: Transitional Feminist Perspectives"
25. * Loretta Ross, "African-American Women and Abortion"
26. * Alison Piepmeier, "Inadequacy of Choice: Disability and What's Wrong with feminist framings of Reproduction"
Part Four: Constructing Knowledge
27. Emily Martin, "The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles"
28. Siobhan Somerville, "Scientific Racism and the Invention of the Homosexual Body"
29. Sharon E. Preves, "Intersex Narratives: Gender, Medicine, and Identity"
30. Tre Wentling, "Am I Obsessed? Gender Identity, Disorder, Stress, and Obsession"
31. * Elisabeth Sheff and Corrie Hammers, "The Privilege of Perversities: Race, Class, and Education among Polyamorists and Kinksters"
32. Nadine Naber, "Arab American Femininities: Beyond Arab Virgin/American(ized) Whore"
Part Five: Culture, Religion, and Technology
33. Nellie Wong, "When I Was Growing Up"
34. Simone Weil Davis, "Loose Lips Sink Ships"
35. * Seth Goren, "Gay and Jewish"
36. * Ayesha Khurshid, "Islamic Traditions of Modernity: Gender, Class, and Islam in a Transnational Women's Education Project"
37. * Lynne Gerber, "Grit, Guts and vanilla Beans: Godly masculinity and the Ex-gay movement"
38. * Jay Michaelson, "Ten Reasons Why Gay Rights is a Religious Issue"
39. * Rosalind Chou, et. al., "Love Is (Color)blind: Asian Americans and White Institutional Space at the Elite University"
40. * Brandon Andrew Robinson, ""Personal Preference" as the New Racism: Gay Desire and Racial Cleansing in Cyberspace"
41. * C.J. Pascoe, "Resource and Risk: Youth Sexuality and New Media Use"
Part Six: Politics and the State
42. Eithne Luibheid, "A Blueprint for Exclusion: The Page Law, Prostitution, and Discrimination against Chinese Women"
43. Melanie Heath, "State of Our Unions: Marriage Promotion and the Contested Power of Heterosexuality"
44. George Chauncey, "'What Gay Studies Taught the Court': The Historians' Amicus Brief in Lawrence v. Texas"
45. * Elias Vitulli, "A Defining Moment in Civil Rights History? The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Trans-Inclusion, and Homonormativity"
46. * Kurt C. Organista, Paula Worby, James Quesada, Sonia G. Arreola, Alex Krall, and Sahar Khoury, "Sexual Health of Latino Migrant Day Labourers Under Conditions of Structural Vulnerability"
47. * Monica Sharma, "Twenty-First Century Pink or Blue: How Sex Selection Technology Facilitates Gendercide and What We Can Do About It"
48. Lionel Cantu, Jr., "De Ambiente: Queer Tourism and Shifting Sexualities"
Part Seven: Future Forward
49. Ryan A. Flores, "Guess Who?"
50. Judith Lorber, "A World Without Gender: Making the Revolution"
51. * Rick Noak, "Sweden is about to add a gender-neutral pronoun to its official dictionary"
52. Leslie Feinberg, "We Are All Works in Progress"

There are no Instructor/Student Resources available at this time.

Abby L. Ferber is Professor of Sociology and Women's and Ethnic Studies, and Associate Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Kimberly Holcomb is a Senior Instructor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Tre Wentling, PhD, teaches Sociology at Syracuse University.

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Special Features

  • Intersectional focus explores a wide range of topics and how they intersect with personal experiences of sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Cutting-edge approach focuses on issues most readers do not address--such as global same-sex practices, body size and disability, and queer transnational tourism--allowing students to push past traditional theoretical boundaries.
  • Diverse range of selections, including essays, personal accounts, research studies, poetry, and historical evaluations, give students a well-rounded representation of the subject.
New to this Edition
  • Twenty-seven new articles on key topics such as bisexuality, asexuality, polyamory, technology and social media, and the socialization of youth.
  • Restructured with shorter but more numerous and specific selections, and articles highlighting positive social change integrated into each section.
  • More articles on fundamental issues such as heterosexuality, religion, class, disability, and aging.
  • Updated and expanded glossary ensures students have easy access to the most relevant concepts.