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Heterosexuality in Question
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Heterosexuality in Question



July 1999 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
With heterosexuality currently being examined more rigorously than ever before, this accessible and engaging book charts the development of feminist and sociological theorizing on sexuality and the emergence of a radical critique of heterosexuality. Stevi Jackson reviews a range of important theoretical and substantive issues, and she demonstrates an important shift in feminist thinking from an emphasis on male dominance within heterosexual relations to a critical perspective on heterosexuality itself. Her book will be relevant to scholars and students in the fields of women's studies, lesbian and gay studies and the sociology of sexuality.
 
PART ONE: THE CONTEXT
 
Querying Heterosexuality
A Personal History of Feminist and Sociological Theorizing

 
 
PART TWO: EARLY FOUNDATIONS
 
On the Social Construction of Female Sexuality
 
The Social Context of Rape
Sexual Scripts and Motivation

 
 
How to Make Babies
Sexism in Sex Education

 
 
Femininity, Masculinity and Sexuality
 
The Desire for Freud
Psychoanalysis and Feminism

 
 
PART THREE: RECENT INTERVENTIONS
 
Even Sociologists Fall in Love
An Exploration in the Sociology of Emotions

 
 
Women and Heterosexual Love
Complicity, Resistance and Change

 
 
Gender and Heterosexuality
A Materialist Feminist Analysis

 
 
Lost Childhood or Sexualized Girlhood?
 
Taking Liberties
Feminism, Gay Rights and the Problem of Heterosexuality

 
 
Heterosexuality, Heteronormativity and Gender Hierarchy
Some Reflections on Recent Debates

 

`A pleasure to read.....Her effort to tease apart the constituent elements of heterosexuality as a self-identified straight feminist sociologist make for an important contribution. If you or your students are among the legions currently enraptured by postmodern language, I strongly recommend this book to help clear your mind' -Sexualities

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