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.

Negotiating Promiscuity: Straight Edge (sXe), Sex, and the self

Negotiating Promiscuity: Straight Edge (sXe), Sex, and the self

Negotiating promiscuity: Straight edge (sXe), sex, and the self
Jamie L. Mullaney

Anyone familiar with the straight edge music scene (from here on, sXe) knows that claiming sXe means more than just being a consumer of hardcore music; participants construct a self by abstaining from a variety of practices. Although individual straight edgers (sXers) vary as to whether they include veganism, vegetarianism, and/or abstinence from caffeine and over-the-counter drugs as part of their “edge,” almost all agree at least on a baseline of not smoking, not using alcohol and illegal drugs, and avoiding promiscuous sex. When asked to describe the origin of this commonality, sXers often point to Minor Threat's early 1980s ...

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