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Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings

Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings
A Feminist Anthology

First Edition
Edited by:

June 2017 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This innovative reader contains foundational and cutting-edge articles representing a range of primary feminist research by established and early-career scholars. The editors have carefully selected, edited, and introduced the selections with undergraduate students in mind and the readings address many key 21st century approaches to feminist scholarship. Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings is also supported by a dynamic blog, where the editors connect the readings to current events and related online articles, films, short videos, and podcasts.

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Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
1. Doing Gender
Cecilia L. Ridgeway
2. Framed Before We Know It: How Gender Shapes Social Relations
Patricia Hill Collins
3. Defining Black Feminist Thought
Claire Duncanson
4. Hegemonic Masculinity and the Possibility of Change in Gender Relations
Jane Ward
5. Gender Labor: Transmen, Femmes, and Collective Work of Transgression
Christine E. Bose
6. Globalizing Gender Issues: Many Voices, Different Choices
Hae Yeon Choo and Myra Marx Ferree
7. Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research: A Critical Analysis of Inclusions, Interactions, and Institutions in the Study of Inequalities
Andrew M. Penner and Aliya Saperstein
8. Engendering Racial Perceptions: An Intersectional Analysis of How Social Status Shapes Race
Sandra Meike Bucerius
9. Becoming a “Trusted Outsider”: Gender, Ethnicity, and Inequality in Ethnographic Research
Tey Meadow
10. Studying Each Other: On Agency, Constraint, and Positionality in the Field
Raewyn Connell
11. The Sociology of Gender in Southern Perspective
Karin A. Martin
12. Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools
Breanne Fahs
13. Perilous Patches and Pitstaches: Imagined Versus Lived Experiences of Women’s Body Hair Growth
Miliann Kang
14. The Managed Hand: The Commercialization of Bodies and Emotions in Korean Immigrant-Owned Nail Salons
Tristan S. Bridges
15. Gender Capital and Male Bodybuilders
Katelynn Bishop
16. Body Modification and Trans Men: The Lived Realities of Gender Transition and Partner Intimacy
Kimberly Kay Hoang
17. Competing Technologies of Embodiment: Pan-Asian Modernity and Third World Dependency in Vietnam’s Contemporary Sex Industry
Karin A. Martin and Emily Kazyak
18. Hetero-Romantic Love and Heterosexiness in Children’s G-Rated Films
Kirsten B. Firminger
19. Is He Boyfriend Material? Representation of Males in Teenage Girls’ Magazines
Amy C. Wilkins
20. Masculinity Dilemmas: Sexuality and Intimacy Talk Among Christians and Goths
Cheryl Cooky, Ranissa Dycus, and Shari L. Dworkin
21. “What Makes a Woman a Woman?” Versus “Our First Lady of Sport”: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and the South African Media Coverage of Caster Semenya
Oluwakemi M. Balogun
22. Cultural and Cosmopolitan: Idealized Femininity and Embodied Nationalism in Nigerian Beauty Pageants
Orit Avishai
23. Women of God
Pamela J. Prickett
24. Negotiating Gendered Religious Space: The Particularities of Patriarchy in an African American Mosque
Melanie Heath
25. The Stakes of Gender and Heterosexuality
Lynne Gerber
26. Grit, Guts, and Vanilla Beans: Godly Masculinity in the Ex-Gay Movement
Rachel Rinaldo
27. Muslim Women, Moral Visions: Globalization and Gender Controversies in Indonesia
Maria S. Johnson
28. Strength and Respectability: Black Women’s Negotiation of Racialized Gender Ideals and the Role of Daughter–Father Relationships
Katie Acosta
29. “How Could You Do This to Me?”: How Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Latinas Negotiate Sexual Identity With Their Families
Mignon R. Moore
30. Gendered Power Relations Among Women: A Study of Household Decision Making in Black, Lesbian Stepfamilies
Carla A. Pfeffer
31. Normative Resistance and Inventive Pragmatism: Negotiating Structure and Agency in Transgender Families
Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
32. Transnational Fathering: Gendered Conflicts, Distant Disciplining and Emotional Gaps
Rachel E. Dwyer, Randy Hodson, and Laura McCloud
33. Gender, Debt, and Dropping Out of College
Simone Ispa-Landa
34. Gender, Race, and Justifications for Group Exclusion: Urban Black Students Bussed to Affluent Suburban Schools
Amy Wilkins
35. “Not Out to Start a Revolution”: Race, Gender, and Emotional Restraint Among Black University Men
Lorena García
36. “Now Why Do You Want to Know About That?”: Heteronormativity, Sexism, and Racism in the Sexual (Mis)education of Latina Youth
Susan W. Woolley
37. “Boys Over Here, Girls Over There”: A Critical Literacy of Binary Gender in Schools
Monisha Bajaj
38. Un/Doing Gender? A Case Study of School Policy and Practice in Zambia
Michela Musto
39. Athletes in the Pool, Girls and Boys on Deck: The Contextual Construction of Gender in Coed Youth Swimming
Jennifer Carlson
40. The Female Signifiant in All-Women’s Amateur Roller Derby
Anima Adjepong
41. “We’re, Like, a Cute Rugby Team”: How Whiteness and Heterosexuality Shape Women’s Sense of Belonging in Rugby
Ann Travers and Jillian Deri
42. Transgender Inclusion and the Changing Face of Lesbian Softball Leagues
Inge Claringbould and Johanna Adriaanse
43. “Silver Cups Versus Ice Creams”: Parental Involvement With the Construction of Gender in the Field of Their Son’s Soccer
Joan Acker
44. Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations
Sarah Damaske
45. A “Major Career Woman”? How Women Develop Early Expectations About Work
Adia Harvey Wingfield
46. Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men’s Experiences With Women’s Work
Nathaniel B. Burke
47. Hegemonic Masculinity at Work in the Gay Adult Film Industry
Kristen Schilt and Catherine Connell
48. Do Workplace Gender Transitions Make Gender Trouble?
Eileen M. Otis
49. Beyond the Industrial Paradigm: Market-Embedded Labor and the Gender Organization of Global Service Work in China
Heather R. Hlavka
50. Normalizing Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harassment and Abuse
Jessica J. B. Wyse
51. Rehabilitating Criminal Selves: Gendered Strategies in Community Corrections
Victor M. Rios
52. The Consequences of the Criminal Justice Pipeline on Black and Latino Masculinity
Lori Sexton and Valerie Jenness
53. “We’re Like Community”: Collective Identity and Collective Efficacy Among Transgender Women in Prisons for Men
Daniela Jauk
54. Gender Violence Revisited: Lessons From Violent Victimization of Transgender Identified Individuals
Dana M. Olwan
55. Gendered Violence, Cultural Otherness, and Honour Crimes in Canadian National Logics
Pamela Paxton, Melanie M. Hughes, and Jennifer L. Green
56. The International Women’s Movement and Women’s Political Representation, 1893–2003
Mieke Verloo
57. Multiple Inequalities, Intersectionality and the European Union
Monisha Das Gupta
58. “Don’t Deport Our Daddies”: Gendering State Deportation Practices and Immigrant Organizing
Poulami Roychowdhury
59. Brothers and Others: Organizing Masculinity, Disorganizing Workers
Abigail Andrews and Nazanin Shahrokni
60. Patriarchal Accommodations: Women’s Mobility and Policies of Gender Difference From Urban Iran to Migrant Mexico


Author WordPress Website

Joya Misra, Mahala Dyer Stewart, and Marni Alyson Brown designed the Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings companion website with the purpose to engage undergraduate students and their instructors in cutting-edge gender and sexuality research. The website complements the conversation started in the reader and reflects the most important classic statements and the most up-to-date research on gender and sexuality. To remain consistent with the readings, you will find that the site is organized around the eleven themes found in the reader. In addition, the supplemental material and resources highlight the authors’ four consistent frameworks: intersectionality, masculinity, transgender, and global processes (IMTG).

“[Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings] is intersectional, updated, and (for lack of a better term) more hip in what it covers.”

Maura Ryan
Georgia State University

“I appreciate the ways in which [Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings] addresses intersectional frameworks that include transgender as well as nationality in the discourse.  [ . . . ] Most noteworthy is in the inclusion of sexuality in the discussion along with work, social movements, and so forth throughout the extensive and diverse readings in each section.”

Naomi J. Pinion
Northern Arizona University

“I particularly appreciate the approach to the ancillary materials [for Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings]. Of specific note, the regularly updated web materials [are] a wonderful resource to both augment readings and to aid in daily outlines/lesson plans.”

Matthew B. Ezzell
James Madison University
Key features
  • Four key frameworks of feminist scholarship are addressed throughout the book including:
  • Intersectional perspectives
  • Global and Transnational perspectives
  • A focus on transgender issues
  • Strong representation of issues relating to men/masculinities
  • The accompanying blog helps instructors keep their course content up-to date by connecting the readings to current events and a variety of online multimedia.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Reading 46

Reading 48

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