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.

“Give me a Dominant of Any Gender Over Any Kind of Non-Dominant”: Sexual Orientation Beyond Gender

“Give me a Dominant of Any Gender Over Any Kind of Non-Dominant”: Sexual Orientation Beyond Gender

“Give me a dominant of any gender over any kind of non-dominant”: Sexual orientation beyond gender
Brandy L. Simula

If I had a choice between being shipwrecked on a desert island with a vanilla lesbian and a hot male masochist, I'd pick the boy.

–Pat Califia, Public Sex

How do preferences based on factors other than gender influence our sexual orientations and decisions about the partners with whom we engage in sexual activities? Can the traditional concept of sexual orientation, which elevates gender above all other preferences in defining and structuring sexual desires, attractions, and experiences, adequately explain the sexual orientations of all individuals? Or are there ...

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