This reader provides a social constructionist approach to teaching about sexuality. Its 65 selections combine a range of classic theoretical articles with a large number of original pieces, organized to help students understand the ways sexuality influences every aspect of their lives. The reader focuses on the theoretical and the personal stories of people’s sexuality. Personal narratives, many written by students, bridge the gap between theory and experience. The book invites the student into thinking about how sexuality itself is “constructed” as a result of norms, values, beliefs, and practices. It weaves together gender and sexuality, helping students understand the intersection between the two (and the confusion in society when we find people don’t easily “fit” into categories).
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Robert Heasley is currently at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Sociology where he teaches courses on sexuality, and men and masculinity. Previously on the faculty at Ithaca College and at University of Alaska Anchorage, Robert received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has lectured, led workshops and worked with school systems for over 20 years on issues related to men's lives, raising boys, and confronting homophobia. Having previously worked as a health and human services administrator, his teaching and research interests, in addition to sexuality, include gender-related problems and interventions, clinical sociological practice, human service theory, program development, and mental health/life issues. Robert has taught courses in sexuality at Cornell University and SUNY Upstate Medical School. He was selected to give the 1998 lecture on sexuality for the Dorothy Everett Martin Lecture Series at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. Betsy Crane is currently in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), teaching and coordinating an Administrative and Leadership Studies/Human Services doctoral program. Betsy received her Ph.D. from Cornell University where, as a member of the extension faculty, she co-developed the Empowerment Skills for Family Workers curriculum now used in Family Development Credential training programs across the country. She brings nearly 30 years of experience as a sexuality and family life educator, and has published on topics related to sexuality education and homophobia. As director of a women's health agency, Betsy received awards for innovation in women's health services. In addition to courses in human sexuality, Betsy has taught courses on women and health, and human service practice. Betsy served on the board of the National Campaign to End Homophobia and founded a community-based organization providing HIV/AIDS services. Her extensive work with community-based groups has included leading hundreds of workshops for children, teens, parents, teachers and youth workers, as well as writing and developing elementary school curricula on family life and sexuality.
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