Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy: A Contexts Reader
Publication Year: 2018
This new anthology from SAGE brings together over 90 recent readings on gender, sexuality, and intimate relationships from Contexts, the award-winning magazine published by the American Sociological Association. Each contributor is a contemporary sociologist writing in the clear, concise, and jargon-free style that has made Contexts the “public face” of sociology. Jodi O’Brien and Arlene Stein, former Contexts Editors, have chosen pieces that are timely, thought-provoking, and especially suitable for classroom use; written introductions that frame each of the books three main sections; and provided questions for discussion.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Section I: GENDER
- Introduction: Where Is Gender?
- Focus Point: Learning to Parent Transgender Children
- Locating Gender
- Chapter 1: Boys vs. Girls
- Chapter 2: The Hearts of Boys
- Chapter 3: Jeremy Lin’s Model Minority Problem
- Chapter 4: Transitioning Out Loud and Online
- Chapter 5: A 21st Century Gender Revolution
- Chapter 6: The Feminization of American Immigration
- Scripting Gender: Media and Culture
- Chapter 7: Celebrity Drug Scandals, Media Double Standards
- Chapter 8: Selling Feminism, Consuming Femininity
- Chapter 9: Beauty Beyond a Size 16
- Chapter 10: Enduring Dilemmas of Female Celebrity
- Chapter 11: #CallMeCaitlyn and Contemporary Trans* Visibility
- Chapter 12: Dancing the Body Beautiful
- Chapter 13: Discrimination and Dress Codes in Urban Nightlife
- Scripting Gender: Sport
- Chapter 14: Tiger Girls on the Soccer Field
- Chapter 15: Ritual Violence in a Two-Car Garage
- Chapter 16: The Sanctity of Sunday Football: Why Men Love Sports
- Chapter 17: Playing but Losing: Women’s Sports After Title IX
- Chapter 18: Muslim Female Athletes and the Hijab
- Violence and Transgression
- Chapter 19: Ruling out Rape
- Chapter 20: Walking Like a Man?
- Chapter 21: Carrying Guns, Contesting Gender
- Chapter 22: Stealing a Bag of Potato Chips and Other Crimes of Resistance
- Chapter 23: Changing Men in South Africa: Interview With Dean Peacock
- Gendered Institutions
- Chapter 24: The Not-so-Pink Ivory Tower
- Chapter 25: What Gender Is Science?
- Chapter 26: Women of God
- Chapter 27: Bathroom Battlegrounds and Penis Panics
- Chapter 28: Suffering in an Age of Personal Responsibility
- Chapter 29: A Feminist’s Work Is Never Done: Interview With Joan Acker
- Chapter 30: Got Power?
- Section II: SEXUALITY
- Introduction: Navigating Sexuality
- Focus Point: Slut-Shaming Romance Writers
- Navigating Sexuality
- Chapter 31: Mixed Messages About Teen Sex
- Chapter 32: Sex, Love, and Autonomy in the Teenage Sleepover
- Chapter 33: Is Hooking Up Bad for Young Women?
- Chapter 34: Straight Girls Kissing
- Chapter 35: Hooking Up and Dating Are Two Sides of a Coin
- Chapter 36: Sexuality Has No Expiration Date
- Sexual Knowledge
- Chapter 37: Can’t Ask, Can’t Tell: How Institutional Review Boards Keep Sex in the Closet
- Chapter 38: Learning From Drag Queens
- Chapter 39: The Sex Lives of Sex Researchers
- Chapter 40: Being Straight in a Post-Closeted Culture
- Chapter 41: U.S. Attitudes Toward Lesbian and Gay People Are Better Than Ever
- Chapter 42: Sexual Orientation Versus Behavior—Different for Men and Women?
- Mapping Sexual Commerce and Politics
- Chapter 43: Sex Entrepreneurs in the New China
- Chapter 44: Transnational Gender Vertigo
- Chapter 45: Pride and Prejudice and Professionalism
- Chapter 46: Lesbian Geographies
- Chapter 47: There Goes the Gayborhood?
- Section III: INTIMACY
- Introduction: Mapping Intimacy
- Focus Point: An Unexpected Box of Love Research
- Locating Intimacy
- Chapter 48: Loving Across Racial Divides
- Chapter 49: We Are Family
- Chapter 50: Unmarried With Children
- Chapter 51: Good Grief: Bouncing Back from a Spouse’s Death in Later Life
- Chapter 52: Measuring Same-Sex Relationships
- Chapter 53: The Changing Landscape of Love and Marriage
- Chapter 54: Marriage Goes to School
- Chapter 55: Marrying Across Class Lines
- Chapter 56: For Better—and—for Worse
- Chapter 57: Korean Multiculturalism and the Marriage Squeeze
- Chapter 58: A Silent Revolution in the Korean Family
- Chapter 59: India’s Reproductive Assembly Line
- Chapter 60: “Children” Having Children
- Chapter 61: The Single Mother by Choice Myth
- Chapter 62: Reproducing the Nation
- Chapter 63: What Happened to the “war on women”?
- Chapter 64: The Poetry of Politics: Interview With Katha Pollitt
- Family Portraits
- Chapter 65: The Joy of Cooking?
- Chapter 66: Eating Military Base Stew
- Chapter 67: The Superstrong Black Mother
- Chapter 68: Families Facing Untenable Choices
- Chapter 69: Mothering While Disabled
- Chapter 70: Stay-at-Home Fatherhood
- Chapter 71: Picturing the Self: My Mother’s Family Photo Albums
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For three years, beginning in 2012, we served as the editors of Contexts, a hybrid journal-magazine that translates sociological research to popular audiences. Published by the American Sociological Association, Contexts articles make cutting-edge social science research available to general readers, offering up-to-date information and analysis on contemporary social issues. In recent years, several Contexts articles have been compiled into readers for use in introductory sociology classes (The Contexts Reader, First and Second Editions, W.W. Norton). Students and instructors appreciate these readers for breadth of coverage and engaging writing about current topics.
During our editorship, we published many articles on gender, sexuality, and intimacy. Although we’re general sociologists, our scholarly expertise is in these areas. Many potential authors therefore viewed our editorship as an opportunity to publish research that has historically been less visible in mainstream sociology. These days, gender, sexuality, and intimacy are robust research areas in sociology. They are also pivotal topics in contemporary media, politics, sports, and most other aspects of social life. As sociologists teaching and studying these complex subjects, we are often dismayed at the misinformation, stereotypes, and prejudices that characterize everyday conversations and experiences around such intimate aspects of our lives. As a society we are saturated with sexual imagery and contentious debates about gender and family, but we lack coherent, thoughtful frameworks for making sense of it all. Contexts is a venue for bringing newly emerging research into public conversation.
We conceived of this Contexts reader on gender, sexuality, and intimacy as a way of lifting debates around sensitive and sensational topics to a higher ground. The articles in this book provide points of reference that are grounded in empirical evidence and critical analyses. Our hope is that this material will not only lead to richer, better-informed discussions, but that an expanded, contextual perspective will leave readers feeling more encouraged and less anxious about their own life experiences.acknowledgments
The readings in this book are from 2009–2015 and include material that was published under the editorships of Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen (2009–2011), and Syed Ali and Philip Cohen (2015–current), as well as from our editorship. We are especially grateful to our fellow editors for their keen, incisive eye in encouraging manuscript submissions in the areas of gender, sexuality, and intimacy, and for shepherding many of these articles through the publication process. Contexts is a team effort involving the hard work and expertise of many people, including managing editors Letta Page, Carly Chillmon, Margaret Austin Smith, Jennifer Hemler, and Jessica Streeter and numerous department editors and design editors across the years. Kirsten Younghee Song (Rutgers University) was our initial research assistant on the project and compiled the first table of contents. Research assistants (Seattle University) Madelyn Glasco and Alexandra Maher deserve co-editorial credit for their work in updating the table of contents, brainstorming various thematic organizational schemes, and providing the reading annotations and discussion questions. We particularly appreciate Jennifer Hamann’s keen editorial eye and production assistance. We are also thankful for the support and collaboration of the American Sociological Association (especially Karen Gray Edwards, director of publications and membership) and Sage Publications (Jeff Lasser, sociology editor) in recognizing and promoting the value of this project. The Sage production staff, led by production editor David Felts, has been hugely helpful and innovative in working with us to maintain a Contexts magazine look for this book and in moving it expertly through every step toward publication. A special shout-out to Claire Garoutte (Seattle University Photography faculty) who [Page x]introduced us to cover photo artist Molly Landreth, and to Molly who so generously gave us permission to use a photo from her amazing series, “Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America.”
Jodi: I am enormously grateful to my friend, colleague, and co-editor Arlene Stein who persuaded me that, yes, we really did want to take on something of the magnitude of Contexts. Despite how crazy it seemed at the time (and it was an incredibly steep learning curve), it’s been one of the most fun and rewarding chapters of my professional career. This book project is a fitting epilogue.
Arlene: I could not have asked for a better partner in crime than Jodi O’Brien, whose smarts, organizational skills, and sense of humor made editing Contexts fun and exciting. I am very pleased that with the publication of this book, many of the articles we helped to shepherd to publication will enjoy greater visibility and longevity.
About the Editors[Page 347]
Jodi O’Brien is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at Seattle University. She is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Gender and Society and co-editor of the “Contemporary Sociological Perspectives” book series. Her books include The Production of Reality, Social Prisms, and Everyday Inequalities. Her courses and research focus on difference, power and discrimination, and religion and sexuality.
Arlene Stein is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies and the director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. She teaches courses on the sociology of gender and sexuality, culture, self and society. She is the author of four scholarly books; the recipient of the Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities and the Ruth Benedict Book Award; and has served on the editorial boards of the journals Social Problems, SIGNS, and Sexualities. Jodi and Arlene served as co-editors of Contexts magazine from 2011 through 2014.[Page 348][Page 349][Page 350]