Gay Straight and the Reason whyGay Straight and the Reason why

In this second edition, LeVay adds a chapter on bisexuality, reviews some uncommon forms of sexuality, and considers whether there could be a biological basis for subtypes of gay people such as butch and femme lesbians.

Author: Simon LeVay

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190297374


Page: 246

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What causes a child to grow up gay or straight? In this book, neuroscientist Simon LeVay summarizes a wealth of scientific evidence that points to one inescapable conclusion: Sexual orientation results primarily from an interaction between genes, sex hormones, and the cells of the developingbody and brain.LeVay helped create this field in 1991 with a much-publicized study in Science, where he reported on a difference in the brain structure between gay and straight men. Since then, an entire scientific discipline has sprung up around the quest for a biological explanation of sexual orientation. Inthis book, LeVay provides a clear explanation of where the science stands today, taking the reader on a whirlwind tour of laboratories that specialize in genetics, endocrinology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, and family demographics. He describes, for instance, howresearchers have manipulated the sex hormone levels of animals during development, causing them to mate preferentially with animals of their own gender. LeVay also reports on the prevalence of homosexual behavior among wild animals, ranging from Graylag geese to the Bonobo chimpanzee.In this revised edition LeVay broadens his horizons. He adds a new chapter on bisexuality, reviews some uncommon forms of sexuality such as asexuality and pedophilia, and considers whether there could be a biological basis for subtypes of gay people such as "butch" and "femme" lesbians.Although many details remain unresolved, the general conclusion is quite clear: A person's sexual orientation arises in large part from biological processes that are already underway before birth.

Darwins Peep ShowDarwins Peep Show

"Unsere eigene Reproduktionsmethode ist nur eine von zahllosen anderen in einem weiten Kontinuum der evolutionären Interaktion, in dem es alles gibt, vom anmutigen Tanzritual bis zum bösartigen Rüstungswettlauf." Menno Schilthuizen

Author: Menno Schilthuizen

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 9783423424745


Page: 344

View: 369

Sexualorgane unter der Lupe Der größte Unterschied zwischen Menschen und Tieren liegt unterhalb der Gürtellinie. Dieses Buch lädt ein zu einer Besichtigung der phänomenalen Vielfalt tierischer Reproduktionsmethoden. Das Sexualleben von Käfern, Vögeln, Muscheln und Schnecken kann erstaunliche Einblicke in die fantastische Fülle des Lebens auf unserem Planeten eröffnen. "Unsere eigene Reproduktionsmethode ist nur eine von zahllosen anderen in einem weiten Kontinuum der evolutionären Interaktion, in dem es alles gibt, vom anmutigen Tanzritual bis zum bösartigen Rüstungswettlauf." Menno Schilthuizen

Is My Husband Gay Straight or Bi Is My Husband Gay Straight or Bi

This book provides the clarity, describes the choices, and (in many cases) offers hope for relationships and marriages that have been brushed off as doomed.

Author: Joe Kort

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442223264


Page: 240

View: 892

Jennifer can’t believe it. Just married and pregnant, she discovers that her husband has been meeting Brad for sex. When confronted, Tom doesn’t deny it, but he insists it’s just “a thing” and he isn’t gay. Elsewhere, John’s wife, Karen, discovers that her husband likes to watch gay porn. John doesn’t understand his wife’s reaction. Why does she care what he watches if he’s not unfaithful? In couple’s therapy, Karen and Jennifer raise the same questions: Does this mean my husband is gay? Can my marriage survive? These and other stories illustrate the difficulties inherent when a wife or girlfriend finds out her man has had or wants to have sexual contact with other men. But many times, the man is not gay or even bisexual. Of course, some men with gay sexual interests are gay men in a process of self-discovery; they are “coming out.” These desires may only reflect a different side of a man’s sexuality or some response to childhood trauma or experiences they have not fully processed. Here Joe Kort and Alexander P. Morgan make the distinction between gay men and “straight men with gay interests” clearer to women who want to know how they can overcome these revelations. The authors explain the many reasons why straight men may be drawn to gay sex; how to tell whether a man is gay, straight, or bisexual; and what the various options are for these couples, who can often go on to have very fulfilling marriages. Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bi? is intended to help couples understand how male sexuality can express itself in ways that may be difficult to understand. Many marriages have been hurriedly terminated when couples (and their therapists) have lacked the information they needed to understand their current situations. This book provides the clarity, describes the choices, and (in many cases) offers hope for relationships and marriages that have been brushed off as doomed.

The Impact of a Gay Straight Alliance on Middle and High School Age StudentsThe Impact of a Gay Straight Alliance on Middle and High School Age Students

The purpose of this literature review is to take an in-depth look at gay straight alliances (GSA) and potential benefits that a student run organization can play in a student's academic and emotional success.

Author: Kelly J. Plante


ISBN: OCLC:301811211


Page: 39

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The purpose of this literature review is to take an in-depth look at gay straight alliances (GSA) and potential benefits that a student run organization can play in a student's academic and emotional success. Through the research, this paper will examine historical perspectives of homosexuality among various cultures; it will also examine the responsibilities that school personnel have in protecting their students from discrimination. In addition, this comprehensive study will have an overview of the influences a gay straight alliance may have on a student's social and emotional development along with the importance of creating safe spaces within a school for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning. This paper will also provide reasons why a gay straight alliance may not be supported and present ideas for creating a successful gay straight alliance within your school. In conclusion to the research, recommendations will be made in regards to the potential benefits of gay straight alliances at the middle and high school level. Adolescence can be a challenging time for many people; however adding homosexuality into the picture can make things even harder. Students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning may face obstacles everyday at school or home. A gay straight alliance can serve as a support for students facing these obstacles but it can also educate others in hopes of decreasing the amount of discrimination that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning students face at school. According to Frankfurt (2000), a GSA not only can serve as a support system, but can also "take on a more political nature, working with administration to enact nondiscrimination polices and other activities" (p.32). Working together to educate about gay straight alliances can only intensify the impact it has on the members and students in the school.


For skepticism about the study, see LeVay, Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why, 126. ... A very well-replicated finding is the “older brother effect”: the likelihood of male homosexuality increases with a man's number of older brothers.

Author: Carole Hooven

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781788403092


Page: 352

View: 100

*** 'With all the talk about testosterone in sex, sports and politics, we need a good explanation of the science and its implications, and this one is outstanding.' STEVEN PINKER, bestselling author of The Blank Slate 'Who knew that I would rejoice in being deeply immersed in testosterone? Fascinating, vital, unputdownable.' JULIE BINDEL 'The definitive book on testosterone . . . A brave and significant book . . . simply fascinating and filled with extraordinary facts.' EVENING STANDARD Through riveting personal stories and the latest research, Harvard evolutionary biologist Carole Hooven shows how testosterone drives the behaviour of the sexes apart and how understanding the science behind this hormone is empowering for all. The biological source of masculinity has inspired fascination, investigation and controversy since antiquity. From the eunuchs in the royal courts of ancient China to the booming market for 'elixirs' of youth in nineteenth-century Europe, humans have been obsessed with identifying and manipulating what we now know as testosterone. And the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to this history and the methods of modern science, today we have a rich body of research about testosterone's effects in both men and women. The science is clear: testosterone is a major, invisible player in our relationships, sex lives, athletic abilities, childhood play, gender transitions, parenting roles, violent crime, and so much more. But there is still a lot of pushback to the idea that it does, in fact, contribute to sex differences and significantly influence behaviour. Hooven argues that acknowledging testosterone as a potent force in society doesn't reinforce stifling gender norms or patriarchal values. Testosterone and evolution work together to produce a huge variety of human behaviour, and that includes a multitude of ways to be masculine and feminine. Understanding the science sheds light on how we work and relate to one another, how we express anger and love, and how we fight bias and problematic behaviour to build a fairer society.

Gay straight AlliancesGay straight Alliances

A guide for students, administrators, or parents who are interested in starting or supporting a gay-straight alliance in a high school covers topics including the role of a GSA and the laws that apply to it.

Author: Ian K. Macgillivray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123296324


Page: 96

View: 383

A guide for students, administrators, or parents who are interested in starting or supporting a gay-straight alliance in a high school covers topics including the role of a GSA and the laws that apply to it.

Law and the Gay Rights StoryLaw and the Gay Rights Story

In 2011, Simon LeVay, a highly respected British neuroscientist and author of an important textbook on human sexuality, published Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why in which he surveyed the existing literature on the origins of sexual ...

Author: Walter Frank

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813568720


Page: 248

View: 897

For much of the 20th century, American gays and lesbians lived in fear that public exposure of their sexualities might cause them to be fired, blackmailed, or even arrested. Today, they are enjoying an unprecedented number of legal rights and protections. Clearly, the tides have shifted for gays and lesbians, but what caused this enormous sea change? In his gripping new book, Walter Frank offers an in-depth look at the court cases that were pivotal in establishing gay rights. But he also tells the story of those individuals who were willing to make waves by fighting for those rights, taking enormous personal risks at a time when the tide of public opinion was against them. Frank’s accessible style brings complex legal issues down to earth but, as a former litigator, never loses sight of the law’s human dimension and the context of the events occurring outside the courtroom. Chronicling the past half-century of gay and lesbian history, Law and the Gay Rights Story offers a unique perspective on familiar events like the Stonewall Riots, the AIDS crisis, and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Frank pays special attention to the constitutional issues surrounding same-sex marriage and closely analyzes the two recent Supreme Court cases addressing the issue. While a strong advocate for gay rights, Frank also examines critiques of the movement, including some coming from the gay community itself. Comprehensive in coverage, the book explains the legal and constitutional issues involved in each of the major goals of the gay rights movement: a safe and healthy school environment, workplace equality, an end to anti-gay violence, relationship recognition, and full integration into all the institutions of the larger society, including marriage and military service. Drawing from extensive archival research and from decades of experience as a practicing litigator, Frank not only provides a vivid history, but also shows where the battle for gay rights might go from here.

Social PsychologySocial Psychology

In an early comprehensive study , Alan Bell and others ( 1981 ) interviewed 1,500 homosexual and heterosexual adults ... This research , and updates — are described in Levay's ( 2017 ) book Gay , Straight , and the Reason Why : The ...

Author: Saul Kassin

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780357122822


Page: 816

View: 175

Kassin/Fein/Markus' SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 11th Edition, brings chapter concepts to life through a unique emphasis on current events in sports, music, entertainment, technology, social media, business, world politics and more. Combining scholarship with real-world illustrations, it helps you understand the field of social psychology through engaging connections to everyday life. Integrating both classic and emerging research, the text delivers comprehensive coverage of social cognition and applications to law, business, and health and well-being. In addition, author Hazel Rose Markus, a respected researcher in the study of cultural psychology, integrates culture and diversity topics into every chapter. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The End of GenderThe End of Gender

ing the popular Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why, a book my gay friends constantly gushed about. Another reason I respected LeVay was because he had come out as a gay man at a young age, and remained out throughout his entire career as ...

Author: Debra Soh

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982132538


Page: 336

View: 286

International sex researcher, neuroscientist, and columnist Debra Soh debunks popular gender myths in this scientific examination of the many facets of gender identity that “is not only eminently reasonable and beautifully-written, it is brave and vital” (Ben Shapiro, #1 New York Times bestselling author). Is our gender something we’re born with, or are we conditioned by society? In The End of Gender, neuroscientist and sexologist Dr. Debra Soh uses a research-based approach to address this hot-button topic, unmasking popular misconceptions about the nature vs. nurture debate and exploring what it means to be a woman or a man in today’s society. Both scientific and objective, and drawing on original research and carefully conducted interviews, Soh tackles a wide range of issues, such as gender-neutral parenting, gender dysphoric children, and the neuroscience of being transgender. She debates today’s accepted notion that gender is a social construct and a spectrum, and challenges the idea that there is no difference between how male and female brains operate. The End of Gender is conversation-starting “required reading” (Eric R. Weinstein, PhD, host of The Portal) that will arm you with the facts you need to come to your own conclusions about gender identity and its place in the world today.

The Biology of HomosexualityThe Biology of Homosexuality

For the same reason, there are also a few Englishlanguage books devoted to the biological mechanisms that control ... on the biological bases of human homosexuality (Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why, Oxford University Press, 2010).

Author: Jacques Balthazart PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190208370


Page: 208

View: 713

In this fascinating book, Jacques Balthazart presents a simple description of the biological mechanisms that are involved in the determination of sexual orientation in animals and also presumably in humans. Using scientific studies published over the last few decades, he argues that sexual orientation, both homosexual and heterosexual, is under the control of embryonic endocrine and genetic phenomena in which there is little room for individual choice. The author begins with animal studies of the hormonal and neural mechanisms that control the so-called instinctive behaviors and analyzes how this animal work may potentially apply to humans. The book does not focus exclusively on homosexuality, however. Instead, the book acts as a broader guide to the biological basis of sexual orientation, and also discusses important gender differences that may influence sexual orientation. While firmly grounded in the scientific literature, this text is developed for a broader audience and will be of interest to psychologists, researchers, students, and anyone interested in the biological factors that determine our sexuality.

Out SpokenOut Spoken

Journal of Homosexuality 12, 1 (Fall 1986): 1-25. Kennedy, Hubert. Ulrichs: The Life and Works ofKarl Heinrich Ulrichs, Pioneer ofthe Modern Gay Movement. Boston: Alyson, 1988. LeVay, Simon. Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The ...

Author: Jean Roberta Hillabold

Publisher: University of Regina Press

ISBN: 9780889772809


Page: 234

View: 166

How is identity formed? If you were born in Canada, that makes you Canadian; if you were raised Jewish, that makes you a Jew, right? But what about a teenage boy from small town Saskatchewan who has a secret crush on the guy who sits next to him in homeroom? What does that make him? And how would his identity change if he grew up to become an out-of-the-closet gay man? In Out Spoken: Perspectives on Queer Identities questions like these are addressed by an eclectic range of authors in disciplines that range from sociology and education to cultural studies and literature—as well as playwrights, artists and writers—to reveal the fluid and sometimes confounding nature of identity when sexuality is part of the mix. “Outspoken marks the coming-of-age of queer studies in Canada, covering topics from the analysis of literary classics to the history of sexology to hands-on community work. The range and quality of its contents will be a welcome addition for scholars and an inspiration to younger LGBTQ people.” Ross Higgins, Concordia University and UQAM; author of Peter Flinsch and De la clandestinité à l'affirmation.

LGBTQ Life in America Examining the FactsLGBTQ Life in America Examining the Facts

Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation. New York: Oxford University Press. Swaab, Dick Frans. 2014. We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain, from the Womb to Alzheimer's. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Author: Melissa R. Michelson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440875069


Page: 221

View: 815

This book provides readers with a clear and unbiased understanding of what it means to be LGBTQ in the United States in the 2020s. Beginning with the origins of LGBTQ identity and history, the book addresses the current status of the LGBTQ community; gender expectations and performance in American culture; transgender and non-binary identity; behaviors and outcomes associated with LGBTQ people; and, finally, diversity within the LGBTQ community. Utilizing authoritative sources and lay-friendly definitions and explanations, this work punctures myths, misconceptions, and incorrect assumptions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expectations and norms. In addition, it provides an illuminating record of the history of discrimination and mistreatment to which LGBTQ people have historically been subjected in the U.S. At a time when information itself is increasingly fraught in American political discourse, this book provides facts and context for the most important questions facing LGBTQ Americans, past, present, and future.

Issues for Debate in Social PolicyIssues for Debate in Social Policy

“Asylum seekers have to watch gay movie,” DR Forside (Danish Public Broadcasting), Feb. ... LeVay, Simon, Gay, Straight and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation, Oxford University Press, 2010. A neuroscientist looks at the ...

Author: CQ Researcher,

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483365947


Page: 464

View: 212

This collection of non-partisan reports focuses on 18 hot-button social policy issues written by award-winning CQ Researcher journalists. As an annual that comes together just months before publication, the volume is as current as possible. And because it’s CQ Researcher, the social policy reports are expertly researched and written, showing all sides of an issue. Chapters follow a consistent organization, exploring three issue questions, then offering background, current context, and a look ahead, as well as featuring a pro/con debate box. All issues include a chronology, bibliography, photos, charts, and figures.

Gay Straight AlliancesGay Straight Alliances

For many religious conservatives, the word “gay” connotes sex. Thus, they reason, one cannot talk about being gay without talking about sex. This is not the case, however. Heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual people alike talk about ...

Author: Ian K. Macgillivray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317712527


Page: 114

View: 395

A step by step guide to the school club that provides a safe place for LGBT and straight kids A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) provides a safe place for students to discuss issues, meet others, and get support from those who care. Gay-Straight Alliances: A Handbook for Students, Educators, and Parents explains exactly how to begin this important type of school club that helps build positive relationships and promotes knowledge and tolerance. This guide tells students what it takes to start a GSA at their school, teachers how best to work with GSAs, and helps principals and superintendents to understand the applicable laws. Parents who read this book can discover for themselves just how positive an influence the GSA may be in their child’s life. Beginning a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) takes courage as well as the support of educators and parents. Gay-Straight Alliances: A Handbook for Students, Educators, and Parents discusses all aspects of this type of school club, including the issues and challenges students will face when forming it. Teachers are given helpful perspectives on how to meet the inevitable concerns of parents and public officials and how to be an effective advisor. Principals and school officials are given an overview of the federal laws and the responsibility of schools to adhere to them. The book includes appendixes with helpful resources on sexual orientation and gender identity development, LGBT issues and schools, and the 1984 Federal Equal Access Act. Topics in Gay-Straight Alliances: A Handbook for Students, Educators, and Parents include: starting a GSA in ten steps how teachers and counselors can work with GSAs including transgender students First Amendment rights 1984 Federal Equal Access Act Title IX a review of federal guidelines for religious expression in public schools school anti-harassment policies understanding the opposition-with strategies for working with them working with parents common misconceptions about GSAs Gay-Straight Alliances: A Handbook for Students, Educators, and Parents is a valuable guide for students wanting to start a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at their school, for teachers on how to best work with GSAs, for principals and superintendents on GSAs and the law, and for parents who have children in schools with GSAs.

Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and MenUnderstanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men

Gay, straight, and the reason why: The science of sexual orientation (2nd Ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Martell, C. R., Safren, S.A., & Prince, S. E. (2004). Cognitive-behavioral therapies with lesbian, gay, and bisexual ...

Author: Richard B. Gartner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317375579


Page: 348

View: 307

Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men: The Trauma of Sexual Abuse is an indispensable go-to book for understanding male sexual victimization. It has become increasingly clear since the 1980s that men and boys, like women and girls, are sexually abused and assaulted in alarming numbers. Yet there have been few resources available to victims, their loved ones, or those trying to help them. Richard B. Gartner was in the vanguard of clinicians treating male sexual victimization and has written extensively about it, initially in professional papers, then in his landmark 1999 book for clinicians Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men, continuing with his 2005 work Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse. He has been a tireless teacher, clinician, and advocate for male victims of sexual abuse in the classroom, the lecture hall, and of course the consulting room as well as in newspaper, television, radio, and online interviews. Dr. Gartner has gathered together expert colleagues from the trauma, psychoanalytic, medical, and survivor treatment fields. Together, they have created a comprehensive guide to what was once thought to be a rarity but now is clearly an all-too-common occurrence. Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men looks at the realities of male sexual victimization, guiding clinicians and lay people alike to understand the complexities of the devastation it causes in victimized boys and men. It considers topics as diverse as: sexual assault in institutions like the military, sports teams, schools, universities, and religious organizations; sex trafficking of boys and adolescents; neurobiology and brain chemistry of male survivors of sexual abuse; gender and sexual dysfunctions and confusions resulting from sexual exploitation and trauma; physicians’ treatment of sexually abused men’s medical problems; socio-cultural influences on processing and treating men’s and boys’ sexual victimization. Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men is required reading for anyone working with male victims of sexual abuse and assault at any level – psychotherapists, rape counselors, attorneys, journalists, guidance counselors, physicians, clergy, graduate students, and lawmakers – and helpful to lay people interested in this often-unrecognized problem.

The Psychology of Human SexualityThe Psychology of Human Sexuality

A difference in hypothalamic structure between homosexual and heterosexual men. Science, 253, 1034–1037. doi:10.1126/science.1887219 LeVay, S. (2011). Gay, straight, and the reason why: The science of sexual orientation.

Author: Justin J. Lehmiller

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119164739


Page: 472

View: 980

Revised edition of the author's The psychology of human sexuality, 2014.

Behavioral Science in MedicineBehavioral Science in Medicine

Birth order and sibling sex ratio in homosexual versus heterosexual males and females. Annu Rev Sex Res, 8, 27–67. ... Fraternal birth order and birth weight in probably prehomosexual feminine boys. ... Gay, straight and the reason why.


Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN: 9781609136642


Page: 528

View: 453

Behavioral Science in Medicine introduces medical students to the science of human behavior. Organized to mirror the behavioral science/psychiatry course taught in the first two years, this text effectively teaches the major concepts of this complex subject and prepares students for board exams. The Second Edition is appropriate for courses in Behavioral Science alone but also for courses that merge Behavioral Science and Neuroscience. The increased depth of coverage of psychiatric illness, substance abuse, and pediatric psychiatry, also makes the Second Edition appropriate for use in Clinical Psychiatry courses in the third and fourth year.

Essential PsychologyEssential Psychology

Why do you think researchers tend to focus on heterosexual and homosexual, rather than on bisexual, participants? Some researchers also accept asexuality, a lack of romantic or sexual attraction ... Gay, straight and the reason why (2nd.

Author: Philip Banyard

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526482051


Page: 856

View: 765

The third edition of Essential Psychology provides a thorough introduction for students and anyone who wishes to gain a strong overview of the field. This team of authors provide a student-friendly guide to Psychology, with a vivid narrative writing style, features designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire students to learn independently, and online resources for lecturers and students. This comprehensive introductory text is relevant for both the specialist and non-specialist psychology student, challenging those who studied psychology before university while remaining accessible to those who did not. The third edition: - Gives students a firm foundation in all areas covered on accredited British Psychological Society degree courses - Includes new chapters on psychopathology, research methods, language, motivation and emotion, lifespan development, health psychology, forensic psychology and critical social psychology - Relates theory to the real world to help students think about where they will employ their degree after undergraduate study

Essentials of SociologyEssentials of Sociology

Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Leventoglu, Bahar. 2014. “Social Mobility, Middle Class, and Political Transitions.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 58: 825–864. LeVine, Steve, and Harry Stevens.

Author: George Ritzer

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781544388045


Page: 576

View: 952

Join the conversation with one of sociology’s best-known thinkers. In the fully updated Fourth Edition of Essentials to Sociology, bestselling author George Ritzer shows students the relevance of sociology to their lives. Adapted from Ritzer’s Introduction to Sociology, this text provides students with a rock-solid foundation in a shorter and more streamlined format. Students will learn about traditional sociological concepts and theories, as well as some of the most compelling contemporary social phenomena: globalization, consumer culture, the Internet, and the “McDonaldization” of society. Packed with current examples and the latest research of how “public” sociologists are engaging with the critical issues of today, this new edition encourages students to apply a sociological perspective to their worldview—empowering them to participate in a global conversation about current social problems. Also available as a digital option (courseware). Contact your rep to learn more about Essentials of Sociology, Fourth Edition - Vantage Digital Option.

Gay Straight and In BetweenGay Straight and In Between

Nature has her reasons for designing homosexuality into the potential of the human species, no matter how mysterious they may appear! One consequence of repudiating the medical model, in nosology and in research, is that the gay ...

Author: John Money

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198022085


Page: 304

View: 148

The diverse historical, cultural, and physiological influences that determine sexual orientation are the focus of this fascinating work by one of the foremost investigators of human sexuality. Drawing on case studies from his sexology clinic, the author explores such topics as prenatal and postnatal history, gender differentiation in childhood, and postpubertal hormonal theories. In so doing, he addresses the many enigmas of sexual orientation: What makes some children grow up to be homosexual, while others become heterosexual or bisexual? To what degree is gender identity determined before birth? How do the concepts of masculine and feminine become differentiated during childhood? What do we know about the relationship between hormones and homosexuality in adulthood? A unique feature of this book is the follow-up reporting on Money's long-term studies that began over three decades ago. The studies are brought together here for comparison with one another--and with the work of others--and their full significance is systematically evaluated. Also explored here is his pioneering concepts of lovemaps, the pathways of individual sexual and erotic development, and the factors that may shape overall healthy or pathological orientation, paraphilia, and gender transposition in childhood, adolescence, and maturity. Written in accessible language for researchers and clinicians, this authoritative work is both thought-provoking and informative as it explores timely questions of sexual orientation.