21st Century Sexualities: Contemporary Issues in Health, by Gilbert Herdt, Cymene Howe

By Gilbert Herdt, Cymene Howe

Exploring sexuality within the twenty-first century, this exact ebook collects jointly greater than fifty well timed and available contributions to create a wide-ranging and compelling photograph of up to date American sexuality. Incorporating the most recent state-of-the-art controversies, concept and methodological fabric from the main domain names of sexual schooling, sexual wellbeing and fitness, sexual rights, and globalization, this e-book incorporates a brilliant editorial evaluate that opens up the sphere for college students and lecturers alike. This anthology can be a useful complement to all degrees of scholars and researchers drawn to sexuality throughout more than a few disciplines, together with anthropology, sociology, gender and sexuality reviews and politics.

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Tre Trefethen would agree: since he became wheelchair bound, dating, sex, and love are perhaps more important to him now than before his accident. In these and others cases, as Gloria González-López describes, a fundamental question for minority populations in teaching and learning about sexuality is: How do we challenge inequalities? As we consider how we now negotiate sexuality online and in our lives, it may be helpful to remember an important theory introduced by sociologist John Gagnon (2004)—the sexual script.

These new legends get created because of the increased prevalence of both oral sex and body piercings in students’ lives. As there is more pressure on young women to perform fellatio, there may come a time when humiliation in the classroom focuses on the young woman who does not know what semen tastes like. Legends about HIV/AIDS have also changed in response to shifts in attitudes. For many years the predominant legend about HIV transmission was some version of the two tales below: There was this girl vacationing over spring break in Florida.

Her father had to take her to the emergency room. She went to one of the other junior highs in turn, so we never got a chance to stare at her and giggle, and I guess most of us forgot by the time we hit high school. This story, which circulates in various forms through middle and high schools, is a contemporary legend, commonly known as an urban legend, and a form of folklore. Adolescents are a folk group—with many subgroups of jocks, cheerleaders, Goths, various racial and ethnic groups, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) students, and others.

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