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Is our sexuality determined primarily by our genes? Or is it shaped by the social norms and expectations we happen to be born into. This Very Short Introduction provides an accessible, thoughtful and thought-provoking introduction to major debates around sexuality in the modern world, highlighting the social and political aspects of sexuality. It critically explores different ways of defining and thinking about sexuality and shows that many of our assumptions about what is "natural" in the sexual domain have, in reality, varied greatly in different historical or cultural contexts. The volume also examines ways in which governments have tried to regulate citizens' sexualities in the past-through policies and laws concerning public health, HIV/Aids, prostitution, and sex education-paying special attention to the particular zeal with which women's sexuality has been policed. The volume concludes by discussing political activism around sexuality more widely, focusing on the ways in which feminists, lesbians and gay men, as well as religious fundamentalists have transformed our ways of thinking about sexuality in the past few decades.
1: Before Sexuality
2: The Invention of Sexuality
3: Virgins or Whores? Feminist Critiques of Sexuality
4: The State in the Bedroom
5: The Future of Sex
References and Further Reading
ISBN: 9780199298020 ISBN-10: 0199298025 Series: Very Short Introductions Audience:
Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old For Grades: 7 - 9 Format:
Number Of Pages: 168 Published: 23rd June 2008 Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 15.88 x 10.8
Weight (kg): 0.15