The Gender of Sexuality (2nd ed.)

Exploring Sexual Possibilities

by Virginia Rutter, Dr. Pepper Schwartz

Series: Gender Lens

The Gender of Sexuality serves as a fun and informative guide on how to approach the topics of gender and sexuality—two areas fraught with stereotypes and misinformation. The second edition of this book features significant new material on the changing status of gender, same sex marriage, and transgender. After introducing key concepts in gender and sexuality, the authors explore topics such as sexual desire, the role of biology, sexual behavior, uncommitted sexual relationships and “hooking up,” marriage and cohabitation, and the politics of sexuality. Examples from popular culture, film, and media invite readers to engage with key concepts. This is an ideal book for courses on gender, sexuality, marriage and family, or social problems.

  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; November 2011
  • ISBN: 9780742570054
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: The Gender of Sexuality
  • Series: Gender Lens
  • Author: Virginia Rutter; Dr. Pepper Schwartz
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

In The Press

From Lady Gaga to Bristol Palin, this second edition features fresh updates and invites readers to explore sexuality as a gendered phenomenon. Rutter and Schwartz provide a nuanced and comprehensive analysis of major research studies and contemporary cultural scripts on sexuality and gender. The authors address key questions from an integrative perspective, illustrating why human sexuality and gender must be examined together. The Gender of Sexuality succeeds as a sociological toolbox—equipping readers to investigate the stereotypes and assumptions hidden within everyday social productions of sexualities.


About The Author

Virginia Rutter is professor of sociology at Framingham State University. She is a senior fellow of the Council on Contemporary Families and an editor and columnist at Girl w/ Pen, where she writes about gender and sexuality.

Pepper Schwartz is professor of sociology at the University of Washington, past chairman of the Board of the National Sexuality Resource Center, past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and past president of the National Sexuality Resource Center. Author of numerous books, she is a senior fellow at the Council of Contemporary Families and is the Love, Sex, and Relationship ambassador for AARP.