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.
Sexuality encompasses behaviors, attractions, and identities, and dovetails with gendered ideologies and practices. As individuals navigate intimate relationship they enter into discussions about cultural beliefs and sexual politics. Such discussions often begin as they start puberty and young adulthood.
Stefanie Mollborn examines this critical phase in her article “Mixed Messages about Teen Sex,” which looks at how different communities approach the topic of teen sex and pregnancy and how parents talk about sex outside of marriage. Such talk differs across nations, as Amy Schalet (“Love, Sex, and Autonomy in the Teenage Sleepover”) shows. American parents tend to embrace a restrictive view of teenage sexuality whereas Dutch parents see teen sex as normal.
As young adults begin to explore their sexuality many young women are ...