What Is Sex?
Sex: A Biological Issue
Sexual Attitudes in the United States
Sex: A Cultural Issue
A Defining Moment: Alfred Kinsey: Talking Openly About Sex
The Sexual Revolution
The Sexual Revolution and Gender
The Sexual Counterrevolution
The Extent of Homosexuality
What Determines Sexual Orientation?
Homosexuality and Public Policy
The Gay Rights Movement
Is Pornography a Social Problem?
Conservatives: The Moral Issue
Diversity: Race, Class, and Gender: Sex and Violence: Linked by Culture
Liberals: Issues of Freedom and Power
Pornography and Violence
Who Harasses Whom?
Must Harassment Harm Victims? Court Cases
Prostitutes: A Profile
Arrests for Prostitution
Social Problems in Global Perspective: Children and Sex Tourism
The Costs of Teenage Pregnancy
Sex Education: A Solution?
Abortion: Looking Back
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The Abortion Controversy Today
Gonorrhea and Syphilis
Theoretical Analysis: Understanding Sexuality
Extent of the AIDS Problem
The Spread of HIV
Structural-Functional Analysis: Controlling Sexuality
Politics and Sexuality: Constructing Problems and Defining Solutions
Incest and Legitimacy
Symbolic-Interaction Analysis: Defining Sexuality
The Functions of Prostitution
The Meaning of Virginity
Social-Conflict Analysis: Feminist Theory and Queer Theory
Learning Sexual Roles: The Case of Topless Dancers
Feminist Theory: Women as Sexual Objects
Conservatives: The Value of Traditional Morality
Going On From Here
Liberals: Sex and Individual Choice
The Radical Left: Go to the Root of the Problem
After reading CHAPTER EIGHT, the student should be able to:
- Recognize how cultural values and attitudes impact on sexual activity.
- Discuss the factors that contributed to the sexual revolution and its impact on sexual activity in the U.S. since the 1960s.
- Explain how the research of Kinsey and Masters and Johnson contributed to the transformation of human sexuality from the “sacred, to the secular, to the profane.”
- Compare and contrast heterosexuality with homosexuality, bisexuality, and asexuality.
- Identify the factors that shape one’s sexual orientation.
- Identify the factors that have contributed to homosexuality being defined as a social problem.
- Trace the history of the gay rights movement and discuss its impact on the growing tolerance for gay men and lesbians.
- Explain the reasons for opposition to pornography by both liberals and conservatives in the United States.
- Identify the forms that sexual harassment may take and the impact that U.S. Supreme Court decisions have had on what constitutes harassment today.
- Identify the various types of prostitutes that comprise “the world’s oldest profession.”
- Identify the costs of teenage pregnancy and discuss what might be done to address this problem.
- Discuss the factors that make abortion perhaps the most divisive issue involving sexuality in the United States today.
- Identify the most common sexually transmitted diseases and discuss the part that the danger of STDs has played in the sexual counterrevolution, discouraging casual sex.
- Apply the three major sociological paradigms to the issues of sexuality.
- Identify the issues relating to sexuality from the conservative, liberal, and radical points of view.