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The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work and Sexualities

Edited By

SJ Dodd

ISBN 9780367358662
Published July 20, 2021 by Routledge
582 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Handbook is the first volume to address the dynamic issues related to sexuality from a social work perspective by providing a comprehensive, current and international overview of issues related to sexuality.

It explains how each issue is important and critically discusses the leading views in the area, providing diverse and inclusive perspectives from leading scholars in the field. Divided into seven parts:

  • Structural Context
  • Sexual Identities
  • Sexuality trough the Lifespan
  • Health, Mental Health, and Sexuality
  • Sexual Health and Well-Being: Pleasure, Desire, and Consent
  • Practice Issues
  • Regulating Sexuality: Historical and Contemporary Legislation

It will be of interest to students, academics, researchers,and practitioners of social work and related health and social care subjects, and is particularly relevant for practice courses as well as courses on Human Growth and Development and Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Table of Contents

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Part I: Structural Context.

Chapter 1. Social Work and Sexual Health: A History
Mackenzie Cook, Sarah Pilgrim, and Virginia Ramseyer Winter

Chapter 2. Heteronormativity and Social Work: The What That Dare Not Speak its Name
Tyler M. Argüello

Chapter 3. Combatting Cisnormativity in Social Work Education, Research and Practice
SJ Dodd and Jama Shelton

Part II: Sexual Identities.

Chapter 4. Asexuality
Anna Kurowicka

Chapter 5. Navigating Genders and Orientations: An Exploration of Bisexuality and Pansexuality
Emily E. Prior

Chapter 6. Social Work Practice with Sexual Minority Men: History, Terminology and Social Context
Syd Peterson and Ian W. Holloway

Chapter 7. Social Work Practice with Sexual Minority Men: A Developmental & Life Course Perspective
Syd Peterson and Ian W. Holloway

Chapter 8. ‘Corrective Rape’ and Black Lesbian Sexualities in South Africa: Negotiating the Tensions Between ‘Blackwashing’ and ‘Pinkwashing’ Homophobia
Nadine Lake

Chapter 9. Beyond 50 Shades: BDSM and Kink for Social Workers
Shanna K. Kattari, Hillary K. Hecht, and Nicole A. Lopez

Chapter 10. What the Heart Wants: Polyamory, Compersion and Monogamish Arrangements
Mary Andres

Part III: Sexuality Through the Lifespan.

Chapter 11. Intersections Between Body Image, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Well-being Among Gender-Diverse Youth
Richard A. Brandon-Friedman, Rachel Snedecor, and Virginia Ramseyer Winter

Chapter 12. Sexuality and Relationships Education in Group Homes
Dominik Mantey

Chapter 13. LGBT+ Parenting
Christine Cocker and Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Chapter 14. Sexual and Gender Identity in Older Age
M. Aaron Guest

Chapter 15. Social Work and LGBTQ Aging
Daniel S. Gardner, Nancy Giunta, and Austin Oswald

Chapter 16. Intimate Expression During the End of Life: Considerations for Practitioners Working with Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults
Kyle L. Bower, Kate A. Morrissey Stahl, Desiree Seponski, and Denise C. Lewis

Part IV: Health, Mental Health, and Sexuality.

Chapter 17. Sexuality and Cancer
Christine Benjamin

Chapter 18. Spectrums: Autism, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
Leslie A. Sickels

Chapter 19. Sexy Spoonies And Crip Sex: Sexuality and Disability in a Social Work Context
Shanna K. Kattari, Hillary K. Hecht, and Yona E. Isaacs

Chapter 20. A Vision of Justice: Seeing the Sex-ABILITY of People with Intellectual Disabilities
George W. Turner

Chapter 21. Neurodiverse Relationships: When Partners’ Brains are Wired Differently
Leslie A. Sickels

Part V: Sexual Health and Well-Being – Pleasure, Desire, And Consent.

Chapter 22. Orgasm and the Desire to be Desirable
Jillian Buckley

Chapter 23. Understanding Consent Among Emerging Adults: Wrestling with the Social Construction of Gender, Sexuality, and Salient Social Categories
Adrienne Baldwin-White and Candace Christensen

Chapter 24. Grab ‘Em by the Pussy: An Exploration of Consent in the #MeToo Era
Linda J. Hoffman

Chapter 25. Sexual Violence and the Steps to Recovery: From Reporting to Healing
Poonam Melwani

Part VI: Practice Issues.

Chapter 26. Sex Therapy: Social Worker’s Potential as Sexuality Experts
George W. Turner

Chapter 27. Rethinking Sexual Risk
Finneran K. Muzzey, Jama Shelton, and Maggie Dunleavy

Chapter 28. Therapist Self-Disclosure: Use of Self as a Transgender Therapist
Jesse Kahn

Chapter 29. Somatic Experiencing and Sexuality: Trauma Resolution, Embodied Integration, and Sexual Health
Larry Iannotti

Chapter 30. Safeguarding Young People in Care: Sexuality and Relationship Education
Leonieke Boendermaker

Chapter 31. Reacting to Sexually (Un)acceptable Behavior with the Flag System
Erika Frans

Chapter 32. Show Me the Ropes: Common Kink Community Practices
Audrey Vera

Chapter 33. Applying Critical Feminist Theory and Praxis to Examine Contemporary Social Work Education, Practice, Policy, and Research with Individuals in the Sex Trades
Meg Panichelli, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, and Yvette Butler

Part VII: Regulating Sexuality: Historical and Contemporary Legislation.

Chapter 34. Sexing and Genderizing Policy: Moving Beyond Binaries and Normatives
Nick J. Mulé

Chapter 35. Scoping the Literature about LGBTQI Migrants: A Critical Synthesis of Knowledge Produced about LGBTQI Migrants and Implications for Social Work
Edward Ou Jin Lee, Trish Hafford-Letchield, Helen Gleeson, Olivia Kamgain, François Luu, and Annie Pullen-Sansfaçon

Chapter 36. From Fallen Women to the Tumblr Ban: Representing the Landscape of Sex Work from a Historical and Legal Perspective
Meg Panichelli, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, and Yvette Butler

Chapter 37. Regulation of Kink and BDSM: Pathologization through Diagnostic Tools
Nick J. Mulé


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SJ Dodd, MSEd., MSW, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, CUNY, and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also founding Director of the Silberman Center for Sexuality and Gender (SCSG).


"This volume brings together scholarship on sexualities and social work, offering a much-needed survey that builds upon strengths, raises questions about liberation, and challenges cis- and heteronormativities. A key reference work, this handbook considers the intersection of sexuality with questions of race, gender, disability, and trans issues and considers vital implications for practice with various service user groups."
Dr Stephen Hicks, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Manchester, UK.

"The International Handbook of Social Work and Sexualities, edited by SJ Dodd is a work of great scope and information. Sexuality has been buried in Social Work discourse, but SJ Dodd and the authors of the 37 chapters in this text have broken wide open the doors to this sealed sepulchre, and it’s about time. What a wonderful, rich, collection covering a wide range of sexuality issues. This should be required reading for all social work students and faculty too."
Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Julia Lathrop Professor of Child Welfare, Associate Dean for Scholarship and Research, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York City, USA.

    "This outstanding volume brings together a vast amount of knowledge on social work and sexualities across the lifespan, exploring topics ranging from sexual identities to sexual health and well-being. It provides a wellspring of state-of-the-art thinking, research evidence and practical information that will help students and practitioners develop their skills to work in different areas related to sexuality."
    Mónica López López, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.