Written in an accessible and clear manner, Sexualities in Context presents focused overviews and explorations of some of the most timely issues in the social construction of sex. This brief text is the only book of its kind to address sexualities from a social perspective, Plante's analysis of the context of sexuality, sexual behaviors, and identities is both intelligent and readable. With contemporary topics, such as 'hooking up,' sexual fantasies, and bisexualities, along with examples of how to apply critical thinking, students are empowered to think outside their comfort zones and encouraged to explore the topic of sex in a new context.
Table of Contents
Section I: The Basics of Sexuality 1. Why Sex Matters: A Brief History of Sex/uality 2. Studying the Sexual: Classifying and Theorizing 3. Boys, Girls, Men and Women: Variables of Experience Section II: Becoming Sexual 4. Birds Do It, Bees Do It: Learning about "It" 5. Finding a Playboy under a Rock in the Woods: Sex in the Mind 6. Hooking it Up: Sex in the Bedroom Section III: Outside Ourselves: Sex in Social Context 7. LGBTQQPA(H), BDSM: The Alphabet Soup of Sexualities 8. Bunnies, Bytes, and Beaches: Representations of Sex 9. Screwing with Sex: Some Politics of Sexualities
Rebecca F. Plante is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ithaca College. She's been teaching about and studying sexuality and gender issues for over 20 years. Her books include Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience (with Lis M. Maurer, Westview, 2010); and Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society (with Michael S. Kimmel, Oxford, 2004).
Her current research focuses on campus sexual climates/cultures (and 'hooking up') and online dating, sexuality, and relationships.