KEY FEATURES: • Designed to be used in a range of 100-level and 200-level courses, including introductory sociology, social problems, and courses that focus on race, class, gender, or sexuality. • Introduces students to basic analytic techniques in the social sciences, such as frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, and comparisons of means. • No software purchase required–all exercises are carried out on the open-access Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) website. • Screen captures from the SDA website, and careful step-by-step instructions, are provided to help students with no previous data analysis experience. • Early chapters focus on single categories of difference and inequality; later chapters examine how these factors intersect within the domains of family, education, and work. • Multiple choice questions and open-ended exercises at the end of each chapter test mastery of the material and give students opportunities to extend their analyses to other questions.
Chapter 6: Analyzing Sexuality with the GSS
Analyzing Sexuality with the GSS
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify variables related to sexuality.
- Construct new categories for variables (recoding).
- Use filters to restrict the analysis to a particular time period or subgroup (selecting cases).
- Conduct bivariate analyses related to sexuality and interpret these within a social justice framework.
Introduction: Key Concepts in Sexuality
In general, social scientists argue that sexuality is a social construct. What does this mean? It means, first, that social factors shape how, with whom, and when we engage in sexual behaviors.1 As sociologist Steven Seidman explains, “Social factors determine which desires [and behaviors] are sexual, which serve as identities, which desires and identities are acceptable, and what forms of sexual intimacy ...