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4th Edition

Introducing the New Sexuality Studies
Original Essays

ISBN 9780367756413
Published June 7, 2022 by Routledge
820 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Introducing the New Sexuality Studies: Original Essays is an innovative, reader-friendly collection of essays that introduces the field of sexuality studies to undergraduate students. Examining the social, cultural, and historical dimensions of sexuality, this collection is designed to serve as a comprehensive yet accessible textbook for sexuality courses at the undergraduate level. The fourth edition adds 51 new essays whilst retaining 33 of the most popular essays from previous editions.

It features perspectives that are intersectional, transnational, sex positive, and attentive to historically marginalized groups along multiple axes of inequality, including gender, race, class, ability, body size, religious identity, age, and, of course, sexuality. Essays explore how a wide variety of social institutions, including medicine, religion, the state, and education, shape sexual desires, behaviors, and identities. Sources of, and empirical research on, oppression are discussed, along with modes of resistance, activism, and policy change.

The fourth edition also adds new user-friendly features for students and instructors. Keywords are italicized and defined, and each chapter concludes with review questions to help students ascertain their comprehension of key points. There is also an online annotated table of contents to help readers identify key ideas and concepts at a glance for each chapter.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Laying the Foundations

  1. Welcome to the New Sexuality Studies
  2. Steven Seidman

  3. Construction as a Social Process
  4. Lars D. Christiansen and Nancy L. Fischer

  5. The Shifting Boundaries of Sexual Morality
  6. Nancy L. Fischer

  7. Trans Categories and the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System: How Transforming Understandings of Sex and Gender can Shift Sexuality
  8. Laurel Westbrook

  9. Unthinking Compulsory Sexuality: Introducing Asexuality
  10. Ela Przybylo

  11. The Dos and Don'ts of Dating: Heterosexual and LGBTQ Dating Rituals as Sexual Scripts
  12. Ellen Lamont

  13. Why Sexual Identities, Behaviors, and Attractions Do Not Always "Match"
  14. Tony Silva

  15. Method Matters: Discovering How Early Motherhood, Monogamy, and Social Class Shape Young Women’s Sexuality
  16. Jamie Budnick

  17. Suicide Is Only Part of the Story: Telling Wounded Truths About LGBTQ Youth
  18. Tom Waidzunas

  19. Sex-Positivity: A Black Feminist Gift
  20. Angela Jones

    Part 2: Bodies and Behaviors

  21. The History and Politics of Sexual Intercourse
  22. Kerwin Kaye

  23. Polishing the Pearl: Discoveries of the Clitoris
  24. Lisa Jean Moore

  25. But Can You Ever Win? Genital Cosmetic Procedures, the Promise of Vulval Perfection, and the Production of Vulval Distress
  26. Virginia Braun

  27. The Social Meanings and Practices of Orgasm
  28. Juliet Richters

  29. Anal Sex: Phallic and Other Meanings
  30. Simon Hardy

  31. Rethinking Dick Pics
  32. Ben Light, Susanna Paasonen, and Kylie Jarrett

  33. Reconceiving Unintended Pregnancy: Considering Context in Sexual and Reproductive Decision-Making
  34. Jennifer A. Reich

  35. Sex in Later-Life: Beyond Dysfunction and the Coital Imperative
  36. Linn J. Sandberg

  37. "There’s Really No Reason to Settle": Size Acceptance as a Path to Sexual Empowerment
  38. Jeannine A. Gailey

    Part 3: Relating and Relationships

  39. Romance and Other Threats to Our Future
  40. Laurie Essig

  41. One is Not Born a Bride: Weddings and the Heterosexual Imaginary
  42. Chrys Ingraham

  43. Yes, No, Maybe So?: Inequalities in Sexual Consent and Sexual Pleasure for Young Adults
  44. Shannon Russell Miller

  45. What Do Vulnerability, Shame, and Mindfulness Have To Do With Intimacy?
  46. Jennifer Gunsaullus

  47. Interracial Romance: The Logic of Acceptance and Domination
  48. Kumiko Nemoto

  49. Romantic Apartheid: Digital Sexual Racism in Online Dating
  50. Celeste Vaughan Curington and Jennifer Hickes Lundquist

  51. Sexualized Othering in Multiracial Women’s Experiences with Sex and Romance
  52. Shantel Gabrieal Buggs

  53. Gay Racism: The Institutional and Interactional Patterns of Racism in Gay Communities
  54. C. Winter Han

  55. Gender Labor, Racework, and Trans Pleasure: Transgender Individuals’ Experiences in Intimate Relationships
  56. alithia zamantakis and Coumbah Sidibe

  57. "We Were on a BREAK!": Men Chasing Masculinity and Women Seeking Pleasure in Affairs
  58. Alicia M. Walker

  59. Polyamory, Mononormativity, and Polyqueer Kinship
  60. Mimi Schippers

    Part 4: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

  61. Intersexy, but Fat: On the Selective Celebration of Bodily Differences
  62. Georgiann Davis

  63. Trans Sexualities: Identities, Relationships, and Desires
  64. Avery Tompkins

  65. Adolescent Girls’ Sexuality: Sexual Agency and the Renovated Sexual Double Standard
  66. Deborah L. Tolman

  67. "There’s No Such Thing as a Slut": Creating and Destroying the "Good Girl" in Taylor Swift’s Musical Persona
  68. Adriane Brown

  69. "Guys Are Just Homophobic": Rethinking Adolescent Homophobia and Heterosexuality
  70. C.J. Pascoe

  71. Not "Straight" But Still a "Man": Negotiating Non-Heterosexual Masculinities
  72. Ghassan Moussawi

  73. Straight Men and Women: Hegemonic and Counter-Hegemonic Straightness
  74. James J. Dean

  75. How "Regular Sex" Contributes to the Gender Gap in Orgasms
  76. Nicole Andrejek and Melanie Heath

  77. Sacred and Beastly Sex: Abstinence Pledges and Masculinity
  78. Sarah H. Diefendorf

  79. Heteroflexibility
  80. Héctor Carrillo

    Part 5: Social Structures and Institutions

  81. The Economy and American Marriage: Change and Continuity
  82. Erica Hunter

  83. The Marriage Contract: The Legal Context of Marriage
  84. Mary Bernstein

  85. The Elusive Goal of Sexual Health
  86. Steven Epstein

  87. Medicine and the Making of the Sexual Body
  88. Celia Roberts

  89. The Feminization of "Responsive" Desire
  90. Alyson K. Spurgas

  91. The Coloniality of Sexuality
  92. Vrushali Patil

  93. "I Am God’s Creation": Religion as a Positive Force in the Lives of LGBTQ+ Persons of Faith
  94. Orit Avishai

  95. The Politics of Sexuality and Gender Expression in Schools
  96. Melinda Miceli

  97. Sexual Education and Its Failures: From Social Inequalities to Intimate Possibilities
  98. Jessica Fields and Jen Gilbert

    Part 6: Navigating Inequalities and Oppressions

  99. The Body, Disability, and Sexuality
  100. Thomas J. Gerschick

  101. The Intersection of Sexuality and Intellectual Disabilities: Shattering the Taboo
  102. Alan Santinele Martino

  103. Disrupting Dichotomies: Non-Binary Sexual Identities
  104. Andrea D. Miller

  105. Creando Una Familia: LBQ Latinas Facilitating Bonds Through Shared Race/Ethnicity
  106. Katie L. Acosta

  107. "Heterosexual Families Do Not Have to Explain themselves": Heteronormativity in the Lives of LGBTQ+ Children and Parents
  108. Kate Henley Averett

  109. Intersected Lives: Race, Class, and Gender in Lesbian- and Gay-Affirming Protestant Congregations
  110. Krista McQueeney

  111. "The Thorn in My Side": How Ex-Gays, Ex-Ex-Gays, and Celibate Gays Negotiate Their Religious and Sexual Identities
  112. S. J. Creek

  113. The Racial and Sexual Stereotypes of the "Down Low"
  114. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz and Brandon Andrew Robinson

  115. Unspoiling Stigmatized Identities: Combatting Racial and Sexual Stigma
  116. Terrell J.A. Winder

    Part 7: Sexual Cultures, Places, and Scenes

  117. Sexual Capital and Social Inequality: The Study of Sexual Fields
  118. Adam Isaiah Green

  119. Belonging in Gay Neighborhoods and Queer Club Nights
  120. Amin Ghaziani

  121. Queering the Sexual and Racial Politics of Urban Revitalization
  122. Donovan Lessard

  123. "We Will Always Remember": Reactivating Queer Places as Expressions of Grief, Solidarity, and Protest After Pulse
  124. Theodore Greene

  125. The Changing Role of Gay Bars in American LGBTQ+ Life
  126. Greggor Mattson

  127. Learning to be Queer: College Women’s Sexual Fluidity
  128. Leila J. Rupp, Verta Taylor, and Shaeleya D. Miller

  129. Critical Consent: Negotiating Consent in Trans-Les-Bi-Queer BDSM Communities
  130. Robin Bauer

  131. Nurturing through Normalizing, Endangering through Dramatizing: Approaches to Adolescent Sex and Love
  132. Amy T. Schalet

    Part 8: Sexual Labor and Commerce

  133. The Sexual Economy and Nevada’s Legal Brothels
  134. Barbara Brents

  135. Inclusive Pleasure: Feminist Sex Shops
  136. Alison Better

  137. Looks for Sale: The Impact of Aesthetic Labor on Men Who Strip
  138. Maren T. Scull

  139. Intimate Labor in the Adult Film Industry
  140. Heather Berg

  141. Migrant Sex Work and Trafficking: Sorting them Out
  142. Laura Agustín

  143. Sex Work, the Victim, and the Anti-Trafficking Movement
  144. Kassandra Sparks

  145. Sex Workers’ Rights Activism in the United States: Navigating the Internet in an Age of S*x Work Censorship, State, and Corporate Surveillance
  146. Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo and Cinnamon Maxxine

  147. Challenging the Controlling Images of Vamps and Victims: Sex Work Activism in India
  148. Gowri Vijayakumar

    Part 9: Sexual Politics, Social Movements, and Empowerment

  149. Sexuality, State, and Nation
  150. Jyoti Puri

  151. Anti-Homosexuality Legislation and Religion Viewed from a Transnational Frame
  152. Marcia Oliver

  153. The Religious Right, Same-Sex Marriage, and LGBTQ+ Rights Activism
  154. Amy Stone

  155. The Evolution of Same-Sex Marriage Politics in the United States
  156. Kathleen E. Hull

  157. The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender in Queer Safer Sex
  158. Chris A. Barcelos

  159. Children’s Sexual Citizenship
  160. Kerry H. Robinson

  161. War and the Politics of Sexual Violence
  162. Margarita Palacios and Silvia Posocco

  163. The History of Activism against Sexual Violence and the Modern #MeToo Movement
  164. Rachel Loney-Howes

  165. A Public Health Approach to Campus Sexual Assault Prevention: Sexual Citizenship, Projects, and Geographies
  166. Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan

  167. The Ally Paradox

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Nancy L. Fischer is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Dr. Fischer is a former chair and former secretary of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sexualities. She is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Heterosexualities Studies (Routledge, 2020) and, in 2013, edited a special section of The Sociological Quarterly on critical heterosexuality studies. Besides sexuality, her research interests include vintage fashion and urban studies.

Laurel Westbrook is Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Dr. Westbrook is the author of Unlivable Lives: Violence and Identity in Transgender Activism (University of California Press, 2021). Their scholarship has also been published in Sexualities, Gender & Society, and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, among others, and has been recognized with multiple awards from the American Sociological Association.