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Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches

Edited by L. Ayu Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan

Publication Date - February 2017

ISBN: 9780190266066

656 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $86.95

The most contemporary, interdisciplinary, and intersectional introduction to women's and gender studies text/reader on the market


Women's and Gender Studies departments and programs are undergoing rapid transformation, creating the need for a comprehensive and accessible introductory textbook that addresses the current state of the field. Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches is the first text to reflect the exciting changes taking place in this field. Emphasizing both interdisciplinarity and intersectionality, this innovative mix of anthology and textbook includes key primary historical sources, debates on contemporary issues, and recent work in science, technology, and digital cultures. Readings from a range of genres-including poetry, short stories, op-eds, and feminist magazine articles-complement the scholarly selections and acknowledge the roots of creative and personal expression in the field. While the majority of selections are foundational texts, the book also integrates new work from established scholars and emerging voices to expand current debates in the field. The text is enhanced by thorough overviews that begin each section, robust and engaging pedagogy that encourages students to think critically and self-reflexively-and also to take action-as well as supplemental online resources for instructors.

About the Author(s)

L. Ayu Saraswati is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Barbara Shaw is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Allegheny College.

Heather Rellihan is Professor and Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Anne Arundel Community College.


"Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an approachable, engaged, and relevant resource that will provide a springboard for students and instructors to make WGSS thinking, scholarship, and activism useful, practical, and real. The breadth of coverage in the table of contents is breathtaking! This is arguably the most comprehensive and robust introductory text on the market."--Matthew B. Ezzell, James Madison University

"I am so excited about this book because of the range of voices, but also because of its accessibility. I love the consideration of intersectionality, transnationality, and civic engagement, and the relevance that these issues have to the specific subject matter presented in the text. I have not seen a more promising reader in many years."--Leandra Preston-Sidler, University of Central Florida

"This collection is one of the most comprehensive, intersectional, and interdisciplinary introductions to the field of women's, gender, and sexuality studies that I have seen. I like the historical approach, the diversity of readings, the focus on interdisciplinarity and intersectionality, and the fact that the book delivers on its promise to address the current state of the field. I can't wait for this text to come out so that I can use it and encourage other instructors to adopt it too."--Lynn Comella, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Table of Contents


    Section 1: Mapping the Field: An Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    1: bell hooks, "Feminist Politics: Where We Stand"
    2: Allan Johnson, "Patriarchy, The System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us"
    3: Anne Fausto-Sterling, "The Five Sexes Revisited"
    4: Ijeoma A., "Because You're a Girl"
    5: C.J. Pascoe, "Making Masculinity: Adolescence, Identity, and High School"
    6: Judith Kegan Gardiner, "Friendship, Gender Theories, and Social Change" (new)
    7: Paisley Currah, "Stepping Back, Looking Outward: Situating Transgender Activism and Transgender Studies"
    8: Marilyn Frye, "Oppression"
    9: Peggy McIntosh, "White Privilege, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
    10: Audre Lorde, "There Is No Hierarchy of Oppressions"
    11: Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George, "Queer/African Identities: Questions, Limits, Challenges" (new)
    12: M. Soledad Caballero, "Before Intersectionality" (new)
    13: Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radeloff, "Claiming and Education: Your Inheritance as a Student of Women's and Gender Studies"

    Section 2: Historical Perspectives in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Nineteenth Century
    14: Angelina Emily Grimké, "An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South" (1836)
    15: Seneca Falls Convention, "Declaration of Sentiments" (1848)
    16: Sojourner Truth, "1851 Speech"
    17: Susan B. Anthony, "Sentencing Speech in the Case of United States vs. Susan B. Anthony" (1873)
    18: Ida B. Wells, "A Red Record" (1895)

    Twentieth Century
    19: Theresa Serber Malakiel, Diary of a Shirtwaist Striker (1909)
    20: The New York Times, "141 Men and Girls Die in Waist Factory Fire" (1911)
    21: Daughters of Bilitis, "Statement of Purpose" (1955)
    22: Leslie Feinberg, interview with Sylvia Rivera, "I'm Glad I Was in the Stonewall Riot" (1998)
    23: Pat Mainardi, "The Politics of Housework" (1970)
    24: Anne Koedt, "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm" (1970)
    25: Radicalesbian, "The Woman-Identified Woman" (1970)
    26: Chicago Gay Liberation Front, "A Leaflet for the American Medical Association" (1970)
    27: The Combahee River Collective, "A Black Feminist Statement" (1977)
    28: Jo Carrillo, "And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You" (1983)
    29: bell hooks, "Men: Comrades in Struggle" (1984)
    30: Gloria Anzaldúa, "La Conciencia de la Mestiza/Towards a New Consciousness" (1987)
    31: Angela Davis, "Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex" (1998)

    Twenty-First Century
    32: Jackson Katz, "Guilty Pleasures: Pornography, Prostitution, and Stripping" (2006)
    33: Claire Goldberg Moses, "'What's in a Name?' On Writing the History of Feminism" (2012)
    34: Tina Vasquez, "It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women" (2014)

    Section 3: Cultural Debates in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Rethinking the Family

    35: Rebecca Barrett-Fox, "Constraints and Freedom in Conservative Christian Women's Lives" (new)
    36: Jessica E. Birch, "Love, Labor, and Lorde" (new)
    37: Monisha Das Gupta, "'Broken Hearts, Broken Families': The Political Use of Families in the Fight against Deportation" (new)
    38: beyondmarriage.org, "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families and Relationships"

    Gender and Sexuality in the Labor Market
    39: Marlene Kim, "Policies to End the Gender Wage Gap in the United States"
    40: Dean Spade, "Compliance is Gendered: Struggling for Gender Self-Determination in a Hostile Economy"
    41: Denise Brennan, "Women Work, Men Sponge, and Everyone Gossips: Macho Men and Stigmatized/ing Women in a Sex Tourist Town"

    Reproductive Politics
    42: Alexandra DelValle, "From the Roots of Latina Feminism to the Future of the Reproductive Justice Movement"
    43: Kathy E. Ferguson, "Birth Control" (new)
    44: France Winddance Twine, "The Industrial Womb"

    Gendered Violence
    45: Victoria Banyard et al., "Friends of Survivors: The Community Impact of Unwanted Sexual Experiences"
    46: Brad Perry, "Hooking Up with Healthy Sexuality: The Lessons Boys Learn (and Don't Learn) about Sexuality
    and Why a Sex Positive Rape Prevention Paradigm Can Benefit Everyone Involved"
    47: Beth Richie, "A Black Feminist Reflection on the Antiviolence Movement"
    48: Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Richie, and Kay Whitlock, "False Promises: Criminal Legal Responses to Violence against LGBT People"
    49: Isis Nusair, "Making Feminist Sense of Torture at Abu-Ghraib" (new)

    Popular Culture and Media Representations
    50: Esra Özcan, "Who Is a Muslim Woman?: Questioning Knowledge Production on 'Muslim Woman'" (new)
    51: Meda Chesney-Lind, "Mean Girls, Bad Girls, or Just Girls: Corporate Media Hype and the Policing of Girlhood" (new)
    52: Ian Capulet, :With Reps Like These: Bisexuality and Celebrity Status"

    Section 4: Epistemologies of Bodies: Ways of Knowing and Experiencing the World

    53: Janet Mock, from Redefining Realness
    54: Riki Wilchins, "Angry Intersex People with Signs!"
    55: No'u Revilla, "How to Use a Condom"
    56: Tagi Qolouvaki, "stories she sung me (for katalaine)" (new)
    57: Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, and Georgina Kleege, "What Her Body Taught (or, Teaching about and with a Disability): A Conversation"
    58: Aleichia Williams, "Too Latina To Be Black, Too Black To Be Latina"
    59: Dominique C. Hill, "(My) Lesbianism Is Not a Fixed Point" (new)
    60: Patricia A. Gozemba, "The Last Word: A Performance Memoir on Mothers, Race, and Sexuality" (new)
    61: Eunjung Kim, "How Much Sex Is Healthy? The Pleasures of Asexuality"
    62: Gloria Steinem, "If Men Could Menstruate"
    63: Susan Bordo, "Beauty (Re)Discovers the Male Body"
    64: Don Sabo, "Doing Time, Doing Masculinity: Sports and Prisons"
    65: L. Ayu Saraswati, "Cosmopolitan Whiteness: The Effects and Affects of Skin Whitening Advertisements in Transnational Indonesia"
    66:Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from Americanah
    67: Kimberly Dark, "Big Yoga Student"
    68: Christina Lux, "anticipation" (new)

    Section 5: Science, Technology, and the Digital World

    69: Sandra Harding, "Feminism Confronts the Sciences: Reform and Transformation"
    70: Emily Martin, "The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles"
    71: Liam Lair, "Sexology, Eugenics, and Hirschfeld's Transvestites" (new)
    72: Clare Jen, "Feminist Hactivisms: Countering Technophilia and Fictional Promises" (new)
    73: Joni Seager, "Rachel Carson Died of Breast Cancer: The Coming of Age of Feminist Environmentalism"
    74: Wendy Seymour, "Putting Myself in the Picture: Researching Disability and Technology"
    75: Kimberly A. Williams, "Women@Web: Cyber Sexual Violence in Canada" (new)
    76: Jason Whitesel, "Gay Men's Use of Online Pictures in Fat-Affirming Groups"
    77: Farida Vis, Liesbet van Zoonen, and Sabina Mihelj, "Women Responding to the Anti-Islam Film Fitna: Voices and Acts of Citizenship on YouTube"
    78: Aliette de Bodard, "Immersion"

    Section 6: Activist Frontiers: Agency and Resistance

    79: Lila Abu-Lughod, "Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others"
    80: Beenash Jafri, "Not Your Indian Eco-Princess: Indigenous Women's Resistance to Environmental Degradation" (new)
    81: Elizabeth R. Cole and Zakiya T. Luna, "Making Coalitions Work: Solidarity across Difference within US Feminism"
    82: DaMaris B. Hill, "Concrete" (new)
    83: Melanie Fey, Amber McCrary, and Bradly Werley, "Empower Yoself Before You Wreck Yoself: Native American Feminist Musings"
    84: Hannah E. Britton and Taylor Price, "'If Good Food is Cooked in One Country, We Will All Eat From It': Women and Civil Society in Africa"
    85: Michael Winter, "I Was There"
    86: Sarah E. Fryett, "Laudable Laughter: Feminism and Female Comedians" (new)
    87: Guerrilla Girls, "When Racism and Sexism Are No Longer Fashionable"
    88: Kathleen Hanna/Bikini Kill, "Riot Grrrl Manifesto"
    89: Julie R. Enszer, "On Lesbian-Feminism and Lesbian Separatism: A New Intersectional History" (new)
    90: Amber L. Vlasnik, "Campus-Based Women's and Gender Equity Centers: Enacting Feminist Theories, Creating Social Change" (new)


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