This proposed book is an anthology of both original and reprinted articles on sexuality from a sociological perspective. The readings in this collection focus on the diverse and multi-layered meanings of sexuality, sexual behaviors and sexual identities. The essays in this book will explore sexuality as a social process. As a whole, the book takes the perspective that what each of us understands to be sexual is constructed through everyday social processes and interaction, situated in particular spaces and moments, identified through our social-sexual presentations, and symbolized through language, objects and practices. The book is organized around these four distinct but interrelated processes, and augmented by personal narratives around relevant issues. The purpose of this book is to broaden students' perspectives on sexuality by providing them with a consistent framework to help them understand sexualities as social phenomena. The authors' goals for the book are: to engage students in the sociological enterprise by providing interesting and insightful entries that emphasize the importance of meaning-making in human sexuality, and to provide them with conceptual tools to understand human sexuality in a complex and quickly-changing sexual landscape.

Techno-Sexuality: The Sexual Pragmatists of the Technological Age

Techno-Sexuality: The sexual pragmatists of the technological age
Dennis D. Waskul

Melissa is a 20-year-old Caucasian freshman at an upper-Midwest university. Born August 1993 in a small rural community, Melissa enjoyed what most consider a typical American upbringing: Her mother and father are college-educated upper-middle class professionals; her older brother scored an athletic scholarship at a state university; she enjoyed close high school friendships with relatively little drama; she first kissed a boy when she was 14 but it would be another year until, in her own words, she had her first “real boyfriend, if you can call it that”; her family attended a Lutheran church (but not religiously), voted Democrat (but not ...

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