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.

“Bittersweet” Emotions, Identities, and Sexualities: Insights from a Lesbian Community Space

“Bittersweet” Emotions, Identities, and Sexualities: Insights from a Lesbian Community Space

“Bittersweet” emotions, identities, and sexualities: Insights from a lesbian community space
Clare Forstie

In 1995, Ann1 and her sister opened Sisters, a Maine lesbian bar, in a transitional Portland neighborhood between tourist, industrial, and postindustrial spaces. From 1995 until 2005, Sisters was known locally as Portland's only lesbian bar, one that catered, as Ann explained, to the needs of women and, in particular, to the Portland lesbian community. While the physical space of Sisters has disappeared from this urban landscape, emotionally ambivalent stories about the bar continue to circulate in queer communities in and around Portland. Talking about Sisters's final night, Nicki, one of Sisters's regulars, recalls,

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