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Identities, Behaviors, and Society, Second Edition

Michael Kimmel and The Stony Brook Sexualities Research Group

This anthology on sexuality addresses such key questions as: How are sexualities socially constructed? Why are sexualities more than just natural "urges"? and How are sexualities personal, social, and political? Using multiple disciplines, international populations, and theories to explore sexualities, it opens with classical and contemporary theories, and then explores the ways in which we learn about sexual activities and develop sexual identities.

Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society has a strong sociological approach, but also considers other important perspectives (psychology, biology, history). It is rigorous, yet accessible and engaging, covering classical and contemporary arguments and perspectives.

Readership : Suitable for Undergraduate Sexuality, Sociology, or Gender / Women's Studies students.

* = Indicates new to this edition
1. Classical Inquiries
*By the Numbers: The Kinsey Code Book
Stevi Jackson and Sue Scot: *1.1 Conceptualizing Sexuality
John H. Gagnon and William Simon: 1.2 The Social Origins of Sexual Development
Anirudda Das and Edward Laumann: *1.3 How to Get Valid Answers from Survey Questions
Katherine Frank: *1.4 Thinking Critically about Strip Club Research
Teela Sanders: *Personal Voice: On Interviewing About Sex
2. Childhood Sexual Socialization
*By the Numbers: Gender Convergence in Rates of Sexual Activity
Emma Renold: *2.1 Primary School Studs: (De)Constructing Young Boy's Heterosexual Masculinities
Laura Carpenter: *2.2 The Ambiguity of 'Having Sex': The Subjective Experience of Virginity Loss in the United States
Ritch C. Savin-Williams: 2.3 Dating and Romantic Relationships among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youths
*Personal Voice: My First Time - Him
*Personal Voice: My First Time - Her
3. Collegiate Sexualities
*By the Numbers: Four Factoids
Michael Kimmel and Rebecca Plante: 3.1 The Gender of Desire: The Sexual Fantasies of College Women and Men
Peggy Reeves Sanday: *3.2 Working a Yes Out
Rachel Kalish: *3.3 Gender, Agency, and Sexual Decision-Making in Collegiate Hookups
*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?
John DeLamater: *4.1 Sexual Expression in Later Life: A Review and Synthesis
Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson: *4.2 Transitions from Heterosexuality to Lesbianism: The Discursive Production of Lesbian Identities
George Taleporos and Marita McCabe: *4.3 Relationships, Sexuality and Adjustment among People with Physical Disability
Winstone Zulu: *Personal Voice: I Had Polio. I Also Have Sex
5. Heterosexualities
*By the Numbers: Sexual Behavior Chart
M. Rochlin: 5.1 The Heterosexual Questionnaire
Steven Seidman: *5.2 Critique of Compulsory Heterosexuality
Elizabeth Morgan: *5.3 The Not-so-Straight Path to Heterosexuality: Sexual Orientation Questioning Among Young Men and Women
Katz: *Box: The Invention of Heterosexuality
Adam Warrington: *Personal Voice: Coming Out as a Straight Man
Corey Brown: *Personal Voice: Coming Out
6. LGBT Identities
*By the Numbers: How Many People are LGBT?
Laura S. Brown: 6.1 Lesbian Identities: Concepts and Issues
Arnold Grossman and Anthony D'Augelli: *6.2 Transgender Youth
Christine Williams, Patti Giuffre, and Kirsten Dillinger: *6.3 The Gay-Friendly Closet
*Box: LGBT: What's in a NameELor an Acronym?
Riki Wilchins: *Personal Voice: Transgender Dinosaurs and the Rise of the Genderqueers
Anna Pulley: *Box: Nine Stupid Myths about Bisexuals that will Make You Laugh
7. Non-Normative Sexual Identities and "Other" Sexual Identities
*By the Numbers: The Janus Report
Mark Carrigan: *7.1 There's More to Life than Sex? Difference and Commonality within the Asexual Community
Meg Barker and Darren Landridge: *7.2 Whatever happened to non-monogamies? Critical reflections on Recent Resrearch and Theory
Michael Seto: *7.3 Is Pedophilia a sexual orientation?
*Personal Voice: BDSM as a Sexual Orientation
8. Sexual Behaviors
*By the Numbers: Gender Differences
Eric Blumberg: *8.1 The Lives and Voices of Highly Sexual Women
Jane Ward: *8.2 Dude Sex: White Masculinities and 'Authentic' Heterosexuality Among Dudes who have Sex with Dudes
Celia Roberts, Susan Klippax, Catherine Waldby, and June Crawford: 8.3 Faking It: The Story of Ohhh!
*Personal Voice: Fifty Shades of Grey Sex Changed Our Lives For Ever
9. Technologies New and Old
*By the Numbers: Sex Toys
Zek Cypress Valkyrie: *9.1 Cybersexuality in MMORPGs: Virtual Sexual Revolution Untapped
Deborah Schooler and L. Monique Ward: *9.2 Average Joes: Men's Relationships with Media, Real Bodies, and Sexuality
A.Dana Menard and Peggy J. Kleinplatz: *9.3 Twenty-One Moves Guaranteed to Make his Thighs go up in Flames: Depictions of 'Great Sex' in Popular Magazines
*Box: History of Viagra
*Personal Voice: No Body is 'Doing It'
10. Sex as a Global Commodity
*By the Numbers: Brothel Facts
Elizabeth Bernstein: *10.1 Sex Work for the Middle Classes
Julia O'Connell Davidson and Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor: 10.2 Fantasy Islands: Exploring the Demand for Sex Tourism
Stephanie A. Limoncelli: *10.3 Human Trafficking: Globalization, Exploitation, and Transnational Sociolog
*Personal Voice: Manifesto: PUMP
*Personal Voice: I was trafficked
11. Pornography
*By the Numbers: Porn Data
Gail Dines and Robert Jensen: 11.1 Pornography and Media: Towards a More Critical Analysis
Karen Ciclitira: *11.2 Pornography, Women, and Feminism: Between Pleasure and Politics
Mireille Miller-Young: *11.3 Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticvism in Pornography
Erika Lust: *Personal Voice: Manifesto
*Personal Voice: Shira Tarrant Interviews Gail Dines
12. Sexual Violence
*By the Numbers: Rape Myths and Facts
Angela Y. Davis: *12.1 Rape, Racism and the Myth of the Black Rapist
Karen Weiss: *12.2 Male Sexual Victimization Examining Men's Experiences of Rape and Sexual Assault
Michael Flood: *12.3 Involving Men in Efforts to End Violence Against Women
Walter DeKeseredy and Martin Schwartz: *Box: What is Sexual Assault?
Nancy Schwartzman: *Personal Voice: Filming My Rapist
Katherine Scott Nelson: *Personal Voice: Her Justice is My Justice
13. Sex Education and Sexual Health
*By the Numbers: HIV Rates
Louisa Allen: *13.1 They Think You Shouldn't Be Having Sex Anyway: Young People's Suggestions for Improving Sexuality Education Content
Adina Nack: *13.2 Damaged Goods: Women Managing the stigma of STDs
Celia Roberts, Susan Kippax, Mary Spongberg and June Crawford: *13.3 'Going Down': Oral Sex, Imaginary Bodies and HIV
*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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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).

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Special Features

  • Strong sociological approach, but also considers other important perspectives (psychology, biology, history).
  • Breadth of coverage.
  • Use of classical and contemporary arguments and perspectives.
  • Rigorous, but accessible and engaging to an undergraduate audience.
New to this Edition
  • Incorporates new pedagogy, including a glossary of key terms, and more of the editor's voice.
  • Revised with more qualitative pieces in place of quantitative, data-heavy pieces.
  • Offers increased racial and ethnic diversity.
  • Provides additional "critical" perspectives, such as queer theory and feminist theory.
  • Updated with current topics throughout.
  • Adds critical thinking and discussion questions to each article.