Women's Sexualities: New Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender (Journal of Social Issues)

Women's Sexualities: New Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender (Journal of Social Issues)

By: Linda D. Garnets (editor), Letitia Anne Peplau (editor)Paperback

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Researchers and theorists who attempt to generalize about sexuality and sexual orientation in both men and women simultaneously often take male experiences as the norm and ignore unique aspects of women's lives. The purpose of this issue is to focus attention on scientific research and theory about aspects of women's sexualities, with special emphasis on sexual orientation. A new paradigm is presented that recognizes the great diversity of women's erotic experiences and the many sociocultural factors that shape women's sexuality and sexual orientation across the lifespan.

About Author

Letitia Anne Peplau is Professor of Social Psychology at theUniversity of California, Los Angeles. She has been a member ofSPSSI for 2 decades and coedited (with Connie Hammen) an earlierJournal issue on "Sexual Behavior: Social PsychologicalIssues" (1977). A past president of the International Society forthe Study of Personal Relationships, Peplau was the 1997 recipientof the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Societyfor the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She has published manyempirical papers on gender and close relationships, includingstudies of heterosexual, lesbian, and gay male relationships. Herother books include Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity (coeditedwith Debro, Veniegas, and P. Taylor), Sociocultural Perspectivesin Social Psychology (coedited with S. Taylor) andLoneliness (coedited with Perlman). Linda D. Garnets has been a lecturer in the Departmentsof Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of California, Los Angles, since 1987, where she teaches a course called"Psychology of the Lesbian Experience." She is nationally known forher publications and presentations on lesbian and gay psychology, including a coedited anthology titled Psychological Perspectivesin Lesbian and Gay Male Experiences. She is a currently on theeditorial boards of Professional Psychology: Research andPractice, Lesbian and Gay Psychology, and the Journal of Gayand Lesbian Psychotherapy. Garnets is the Past Chair of theAmerican Psychological Association's (APA's) Board for theAdvancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and of the APA'sCommittee on Lesbian and Gay Concerns. She has been a member ofSPSSI Council and Chaired both the Continuing Education Committeeand the Social Action Internship Committee. Garnets is anorganizational consultant and psychotherapist, specializing innonprofit social purpose organizations and lesbian and gayclients.


Part I: Sexuality and Sexual Orientation:1. "Understanding Women's Sexualities and Sexual Orientations: An Introduction": Linda D. Garnets & Letitia Anne Peplau, University of California, Los Angeles. 2. "Sexual Orientation and Sex in Women's Lives: Conceptual and Methodological Issues": Esther D. Rothblum, University of Vermont. 3. "Bisexuality: A Contemporary Paradox for Women": Paula C. Rodriguez Rust, State University of New York at Geneseo. Part II: Social Contexts:4. "Culture and Women's Sexualities": Evelyn Blackwood, Purdue University.5. "African American Lesbian and Bisexual Women": Beverly Greene, St. John's University. 6. "Sexual Prejudice and Gender: Do Heterosexuals' Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men Differ?: Gregory M. Herek, University of California at Davis. Part III: Development:7. "Biological Research on Women's Sexual Orientations: Evaluating the Scientific Evidence": Rosemary C. Veniegas, University of California, San Francisco; Terri D. Conley, Univsersity of California, Los Angeles.8. "Becoming a Heterosexual Adult: The Experiences of Young Women": Janet Shibley Hyde & Sara R. Jaffee, University of Wisconsin. 9. "Explaining Diversity in the Development of Same-Sex Sexuality Among Young Women": Lisa M. Diamond, University of Utah; Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Cornell University.Part IV: Implications for Research and Policy:10. "Heterosexism and the Study of Women's Romantic and Friend Relationships": Suzanna Rose, University of Missouri-St. Louis. 11. "A New Paradigm for Understanding Women's Sexuality and Sexual Orientation": Linda D. Garnets & Letitia Anne Peplau, University of California, Los Angeles. 12. "Seeing Is Believing: Research on Women's Sexual Orientation and Public Policy": Sheila James Kuehl, California State Assembly.13. "Afterword": Jacqueline D. Goodchilds, University of California, Los Angeles.

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  • ISBN13: 9781405100809
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 242
  • ID: 9781405100809
  • weight: 260
  • ISBN10: 140510080X

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