With heterosexuality currently being examined more rigorously than ever before, this accessible and engaging book charts the development of feminist and sociological theorizing on sexuality and the emergence of a radical critique of heterosexuality. Stevi Jackson reviews a range of important theoretical and substantive issues, and she demonstrates an important shift in feminist thinking from an emphasis on male dominance within heterosexual relations to a critical perspective on heterosexuality itself. Her book will be relevant to scholars and students in the fields of women's studies, lesbian and gay studies and the sociology of sexuality.
PART ONE: THE CONTEXT
PART TWO: EARLY FOUNDATIONS
On the Social Construction of Female Sexuality
The Social Context of Rape
How to Make Babies
Femininity, Masculinity and Sexuality
The Desire for Freud
PART THREE: RECENT INTERVENTIONS
Even Sociologists Fall in Love
Women and Heterosexual Love
Gender and Heterosexuality
Lost Childhood or Sexualized Girlhood?
Heterosexuality, Heteronormativity and Gender Hierarchy