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.
Chapter 15: A Symbolic Interactionist Approach to Asexuality
A Symbolic Interactionist Approach to Asexuality
A few years ago, one major website (Asexual Visibility & Education Network [AVEN]) comprised the online asexual community. As of this writing, although AVEN remains the largest and best known, there are at least three different significant asexual gathering sites, as well as dozens of influential asexuality blogs (Asexual Experiences, The Asexual Agenda, and Asexy Beast, to name a few). Although a lack of sexual desire or attraction is of course not new, asexuality as an identity is a newly emerging phenomenon. Its visibility, in both academia and popular media, is quickly increasing. Like homosexuality ...