Sexuality, Society and Feminism

Pages: 432
Item #: 431628A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-617-7
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 2000
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Date rape, sexual harassment, and teen pregnancy are topics that ignite hot debate in our society, but at their root is a subject we barely understand. Science and conventional wisdom have yet to scrape the surface of understanding women's sexuality. What "knowledge" they have produced thus far tends to bolster the inequities in our society but relates little to how women experience sexuality throughout the life span. Sexuality, Society, and Feminism is a call for feminist scholars to begin to mold conceptual models and methods of inquiry and to carve out a feminist agenda that will shape this science for and about women.

In this edited book, top feminist scholars apply a feminist lens to the ways American society defines and shapes women's sexuality. Sexuality, while experienced at the individual level, is a social phenomenon: Its meaning is dynamic and emerges from social context. Power and politics tend to define what sexual attitudes and behaviors are considered normal and typical for girls and women, frequently with negative consequence. This book offers an alternative, more positive approach to understanding this vital area of human behavior.


Table of Contents

List of Contributors


I. Epistemology, Theory, and Methods

  1. Social Constructions of Sexuality: Unpacking Hidden Meanings
    —Jacquelyn W. White, Barrie Bondurant, and Cheryl Brown Travis
  2. Biological Models and Sexual Politics
    —Danny S. Moore and Cheryl Brown Travis
  3. Gender Differences in Sexuality: Results from Meta-Analysis
    —Janet Shibley Hyde and Mary Beth Oliver
  4. The Social Construction and Social Effects of Sex Research: The Sexological Model of Sexuality
    —Leonore Tiefer

II. Life Course Development

  1. A Normative Perspective of Adolescent Girls' Developing Sexuality
    —Deborah P. Welsh, Sharon S. Rostosky, and Myra Cristen Kawaguchi
  2. Sexual Roles of Girls and Women: An Ethnocultural Lifespan Perspective
    —Pamela Trotman Reid and Vanessa M. Bing
  3. Sexuality During Pregnancy and the Year Postpartum
    —Janet Shibley Hyde and John DeLamater
  4. Menopause and Sexuality: Ageism and Sexism Unite
    —Sharon S. Rostosky and Cheryl Brown Travis

III. Meaning and Function

  1. Only Joking: Humor and Sexuality
    —Mary Crawford
  2. Beauty, Sexuality, and Identity: The Social Control of Women
    —Cheryl Brown Travis, Kayce L. Meginnis, and Kristin M. Bardari
  3. Dangerousness, Impotence, Silence, and Invisibility: Heterosexism in the Construction of Women's Sexuality
    —Laura S. Brown
  4. A Cultural Context for Sexual Assertiveness in Women
    —Patricia J. Morokoff

IV. Sexuality and the Social Order

  1. Consent, Power, and Sexual Scripts: Deconstructing Sexual Harassment
    —Suzanne B. Kurth, Bethany B. Spiller, and Cheryl Brown Travis
  2. Re-Examining the Issue of Nonconsent in Acquaintance Rape
    —Patricia L. N. Donat and Jacquelyn W. White
  3. Understanding the Unacknowledged Rape Victim
    —Arnold S. Kahn and Virginia Andreoli Mathie

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Reviews & Awards

Including essays by some of the most noted scholars in the field, Travis and White provide an excellent review of the physiological, interpersonal, and intrapersonal aspects of sexuality and its effects on scholarship.
—CHOICE Magazine