Sociology Index

Sociology of Sexualities

What is sexuality? How are sexualities socially constructed? what is social about sexuality? How can we visualize the sociology of sexualities? How does the family, as an institution, shape sexuality? Why does religion have such a large role in shaping sexual mores? In what ways have class and race shaped our understanding of sexuality? Sexuality is an individual, biological and psychological phenomena. The idea of sexuality is a social fact or construction. The research and study of sexuality is an interdisciplinary field of social analysis. Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn marked the beginning of resistance against intolerance towards people oriented differently. Homophobia is an uncontrollable fear of homosexuals and Xenophobia is fear of strangers. Gay and lesbian studies or rather Queer Culture studies, is becoming legitimate in the academic community.

"Why, given the variety of sexual behavior and relationships, do we speak of only two opposite sexes?" "Why don't transvestites, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, and the institutionalized third genders affect the conceptualization of two genders and two sexes?" "The prime paradox of gender is that in order to dismantle the institution, you must first make it very visible." - Judith Lorber

Sociology of Sexualities should gain status as an ASA Section which would be very beneficial to all academics and practitioners who conduct and/or value research in the area of sexuality.

Sexuality Information Council of the United States (SIECUS)

The Society for the Study of Sexuality (SSSS)

The Sociologist Lesbian and Gay Caucus (SLGC).

Gender and Sexuality - This page publishes texts which address gender studies and queer studies, with a particular focus upon discussions of sex, gender, sexual identity and sexuality in cultural practices.

Sociology of Sexualities Abstracts

Sexualities: Identity, Behavior, and Society. Edited by Michael S. Kimmel and Rebecca F. Plante. OUP, New York. 2004
Sexualities: Identity, Behavior, and Society focuses on gender, using multiple disciplines, international populations, and theories to explore sexualities.
Sexualities: Identity, Behavior, and Society opens with classical and contemporary theories about sexualities, including selections by Freud, Kinsey, and Fausto-Sterling. Subsequent chapters explore the ways in which we learn about sexual activities and develop sexual identities, both heterosexual and same sex. This book's focus is on the psychological, social, ethical, and political discussions of sexualities.

Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity - Editors: Elizabeth Bernstein and Laurie Schaffner (Routledge:Fall 2004).

God, Sex and Politics: Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies. Dawne Moon (University of Chicago Press, 2004). God, Sex and Politics is an ethnographic study which draws from and contributes to theories in the sociology of religion and the sociology of sexuality, as it seeks to make sense of debates about homosexuality in two United Methodist congregations, one theologically liberal and the other conservative. In it, Moon seeks to discover what makes these debates so explosive, and finds that these debates threaten to expose incompatible beliefs about who or what God is and what God demands of people with regard to sexuality, sin, conflict and politics.

Sexualities News - Newsletter of the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association Volume 7, Issue 1 Summer - 2004.