Sociology | Sexual Diversity
S321 | 10269 | Weinberg
WAS FORMERLY TITLED VARIATIONS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY I
OPEN TO SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS ONLY
This course provides a sociological examination of the major social-
psychological and behavioral aspects of human sexual diversity. A
range of sexualities will be examined and the subject matter will
include sexual attitudes (e.g. notions of acceptable behavior in
different segments of the U.S. population), the prevalence of
various behaviors in different socio-cultural locations (e.g.,
societies, classes, ethnicities), the intensity and nature of sexual
response by different social groups (e.g., according to biological
sex, by age), sexual object choice (e.g., homosexuality,
bisexuality), a variety of forms of commercial sex, the
genderization of sexuality (e.g., transvestism, transgenderism, the
gendered shaping of sex work), and other modes of sexual expression
(e.g., fetishism, urine play, enema clubs).
Required Reading: Bryan Strong, Christine De Vault, Barbara Werner
Sayad, and William L. Yarber, Human Sexuality: Diversity in
Contemporary America, 5th Edition, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Accompanying Study Guide, 2005.
Recommended Reading: (1) Judith Mackay, The Penguin Atlas of Human
Sexual Behavior: Sexuality and Sex Practice Around the World, New
York: Penguin Books 2002; (2) Alexa Albert; Brothel: Mustang Ranch
and Its Women,New York; Ballantine Books 2002;(3) Amy Bloom,
Normal: Transexual CEO's, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites
with Attitude, New York; Knopf, 2003.
[Re: Rec. Reading] The Penguin Atlas of Human Sexuality Behavior is
a small and interesting book that uses diagrams to compare countries
in various aspects of their sexual diversity. It contains
additional insights into many of the topics discussed in class.
Brothel is a great fieldwork study of the Mustang Ranch, which was a
legal brothel in Nevada, and it provides an excellent portrayal of
the women who worked there. Normal is a fieldwork study of
transsexuals, transvestites, and intersexuals that gives as
insightful glimpse into their lives. Students will NOT be
questioned on these books in the tests for the course (except when I
have included materials from them in my lectures).
GRADES: There will be three non-cumulative examinations, each
counting one-third toward the course grade, and an optional fourth
examination for any student wishing to take it.