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.

On Confessing One's Kink in a Sexuality Textbook

On confessing one's kink in a sexuality textbook
Tanya Bezreh

EDITORS’ NOTES: There is very little scientific literature on spanking. One important study was done by Rebecca Plante (2006), who combined observations of spanking parties and individual couple's private interactions with formal and informal interviews. She noted the importance of relationships and social context for the construction of self by spanking aficionados: “So for those interested in sexual spanking, the construction of the self relies on cultural contexts and recognition of the reality of stigma” (66). As a subculture, erotic spanking enthusiasts develop strategies to minimize stigma and proclaim the normalcy of their interests by finding, collecting, and sharing examples of spanking in ...

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