Gender of Sexuality Exploring Sexual Possibilities

ISBN-10: 0742570045

ISBN-13: 9780742570047

Edition: 2nd 2011

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List price: $40.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Virginia Rutter has been working in academia and media for two decades, first in Congress and at a mental health organization, then as a sociologist translating academic ideas to general audiences. She is the author of two books--The Gender of Sexuality and The Love Test, both with Pepper Schwartz--and numerous articles for Psychology Today. She has written on topics such as divorce, marriage, gender, sexuality, stepfamilies, adolescence, infidelity, depression, women in science, psychotherapy research, couples therapy, and domestic violence. Rutter gives talks and offers workshops on representations of gender in the media and on how, why, and when academics should work with the media. She has been mentioned in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Associated Press, USA Today, and, and heard on NPR programs and various liberal and conservative radio programs. She was a co-investigator of the NIH-funded National Couples Survey and a public policy fellow at the National Academies of Science. Rutter is currently Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University, a board member of the Council on Contemporary Families, and a columnist at the Girl w/ Pen blog.

What's New?
What's Our Big Idea?
How Did We Write This Book?
Sexual Desire and Gender
Desire: Attraction and Arousal
The Biology of Desire: Nature's Explanation
The Influence of Hormones
The Mechanisms of Arousal
Evolutionary Psychology
The Social Origins of Desire
The Social Construction of Sexuality
Social Control of Sexuality
An Integrative Perspective on Gender and Sexuality
Sexual Identify and Orientation
The Continuum of Desire
Gender as the Basis for Sexual Identity
Sexual Behavior and Gender
The Challenge of Studying Sexual Behavior
A World of Gender Difference
Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Gendered Patterns in Sexual Practices
Relational Sex versus Recreational Sex
Fantasy and Pornography
Initiation and Sexual Negotiation
Orgasm and Stimulation
Numbers of Partners
Consent and Coercion
Uncommitted Sexual Relationships
What Does Sexual Freedom Look Like?
The Control of Sexuality: Over Time and Across Space
Historical Change in the United States
The Shifting Double Standard
The Sexual Revolution
Social Forces and Casual Sex
Frontlash and Backlash in the 1990s and Beyond
What's Happening Now
Special Issues: Examining the Continuum
Sex Practices among Single People
Getting into Sex
First Intercourse
Frequency and Sex Partners
Sexual Etiquette
Heterosexual Etiquette: Contraception, Safe Sex, and Abortion
Miscommunication and Sexual Privilege
Sexual Coercion
Sexual Confusion
Sexual Aggression and Complicated Emotions
The Future of Sex among Singles
Sex and Marriage
Why Do People Marry?
The Social Context of Marriage
Gender, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation
The "Marriage Script": An Enactment of Gender Difference
Race and the Significance of Marriage
Same-Sex Commitment
The Importance of Sex in Marriage
Commitment and Passion
Sexual Frequency
Initiation and Refusal
Same-Sex Pairs
Everyday Influences on Committed Sex
Emotional Complications for Heterosexuals
Same-Sex Burdens
The Concerns of Older Partners
Social Trends in Improving Committed Sex
Sex Advice of the 1960s
Advice of the 1970s: More Pleasure, Our Way
Advice of the 1980s: Problems, Problems, Problems
The 1990s and the New Millenium: Desire! or Desire?
Outside Temptations
Why Do People Have Outside Sexual Relationships?
Is Nonmonogamy Gendered?
The Problem of Sustained Desire in a Divorce-Prone Society
Peer Marriage: Love between Equals
The Politics of Sexuality
Sex as a "Political Football"
Newer Sex Scandals, Newer Themes
Ambivalent Obsession
Politics and Women's Bodies
Debates Past and Present
Teenage Sexuality, Hooking Up, and Emerging Adulthood
Adolescence and Families
The State of Teen Sexual Behavior
Sexuality Education
Teen Health
Sexual Assault
Feminist versus Patriarchal Positions
Strange Bedfellows
False Prophets, False Accusations, and True Lies
Same-Sex Marriage
Where Have We Been? The Legal Journey
Where Are We Now? Laws and Attitudes
The Debates
Same-Sex Parenting: Does Gender Matter?
Legal Precedent
But How Do We Use What We Know? Questions and Answers
Sexual Function
Sexual Orientation
Sexual Harassment and Violence
About the Authors
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