Sexuality

ISBN-10: 0199298025
ISBN-13: 9780199298020
Edition: 2008
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Description: Is our sexuality determined primarily by our genes? Or is it shaped by the social norms and expectations we happen to be born into. This Very Short Introduction provides an accessible, thoughtful and thought-provoking introduction to major debates  More...

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List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Is our sexuality determined primarily by our genes? Or is it shaped by the social norms and expectations we happen to be born into. This Very Short Introduction provides an accessible, thoughtful and thought-provoking introduction to major debates around sexuality in the modern world, highlighting the social and political aspects of sexuality. It critically explores different ways of defining and thinking about sexuality and shows that many of our assumptions about what is "natural" in the sexual domain have, in reality, varied greatly in different historical or cultural contexts. The volume also examines ways in which governments have tried to regulate citizens' sexualities in the past-through policies and laws concerning public health, HIV/Aids, prostitution, and sex education-paying special attention to the particular zeal with which women's sexuality has been policed. The volume concludes by discussing political activism around sexuality more widely, focusing on the ways in which feminists, lesbians and gay men, as well as religious fundamentalists have transformed our ways of thinking about sexuality in the past few decades.

Models of sexuality
Identity, power, politics
The state in the bedroom
Virgins or whores: feminist critiques of sexuality
The 'perverts' talk backFurther Reading and References

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