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 21: Adjusting the Inner Face
Adjusting the Inner Face
EDITORS’ NOTES: Giselle Ridgeway's story is complex. Born a genetic male, her gender identity is as a woman. Like John P., Giselle tried to deal with her feelings by using alcohol. She had a difficult time in transforming what she felt inside (a variant of “doing”) into her being. “I tried for many years to live as a ‘normal’ heterosexual man…. I did anything I could to try and obliterate the person I knew I was but was afraid to become,” she writes. As Giselle puts it, “I saw how trans people were treated in society and even by some of the people I called friends…. I had learned by this ...