Thinking Straight

The Power, Promise and Paradox of Heterosexuality

Edited by Chrys Ingraham

© 2005 – Routledge

254 pages

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Paperback: 9780415932738
pub: 2004-11-16
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pub: 2004-12-06
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About the Book

This collection of original essays will unravel the current heterosexual scene in two parts: one on rights and privileges, the other on popular culture. Topics covered include weddings, proms, citizenship, marriage penalties, cartoons, mermaids and myth.


"Thinking Straight is a valuable contribution to critical heterosexual studies, that difficult work of keeping different-sex sexualities in social and historical focus as it questions all those traditional assumptions about heterosexuality's natural, normal, universal, and eternal character." -- Jonathan Ned Katz, author of The Invention of Heterosexuality

About the Editor

Chrys Ingraham is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's Studies at Russell Sage College. She is author of White Weddings: Romancing Heterosexuality in Popular Culture, and co-editor (with Rosemary Hennessy) of Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Race, Difference and Women's Lives, both published by Routledge).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General