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.

Sexual Knowledge

Sexual Knowledge


What do we know about sexuality and how do we learn it? Sociologists explore sexuality in ways that range from ethnographies of marginal groups to formal surveys. One interesting finding is that diversity of sexual experience and expression is connected to available knowledge about sexuality—the more we study it, the more we expand the contexts through which to express it. Conversely, sociologist and sex researcher Janice Irvine contends that contemporary practices by university human subjects review boards reflect a moral panic that gets in the way of researchers who study human sexuality and limits the flow of useful knowledge. Gender scholars Verta Taylor and Leila Rupp discovered that the local drag queens in Key West, Florida, challenged much of what they thought ...

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