Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire

By Lisa M. Diamond

Is love “blind” in terms of gender? for ladies, it simply can be. This unsettling and unique ebook bargains an intensive new realizing of the context-dependent nature of woman sexuality. Lisa M. Diamond argues that for a few ladies, love and wish should not rigidly heterosexual or gay yet fluid, altering as ladies go through the phases of lifestyles, a number of social teams, and, most vital, diversified love relationships. this angle clashes with conventional perspectives of sexual orientation as a good and stuck trait. yet that view relies on examine performed nearly fullyyt on males. Diamond is the 1st to check a wide workforce of girls over the years. She has tracked 100 ladies for greater than ten years as they've got emerged from youth into maturity. She summarizes their stories and experiences examine starting from the psychology of affection to the biology of intercourse adjustments. Sexual Fluidity bargains relocating first-person bills of ladies falling out and in of affection with males or ladies at assorted occasions of their lives. For a few, gender turns into inappropriate: “I fall in love with the individual, no longer the gender,” say a few respondents. Sexual Fluidity bargains a brand new figuring out of women’s sexuality―and of the crucial value of affection.

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Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan

This lively and fascinating multidisciplinary quantity pins its concentrate on the lived reviews and cultural depictions of women's mobility and hard work in Japan. The subject matter of "modern ladies" keeps to provide a charming window into the alterations that women's roles have passed through in the course of the process the final century.

Here we come upon eastern girls inhabiting the main glossy of areas, in newly created professions, relocating upward and outward, claiming the general public existence as their very own: store ladies, elevator women, dance corridor dancers, journey bus courses, airline stewardesses, foreign good looks queens, abroad academics, company football avid gamers, or even girl contributors of the Self-Defense Forces. at once linking gender, mobility, and exertions in twentieth and twenty first century Japan, this assortment brings to lifestyles the ways that those sleek girls—historically and contemporaneously—have prompted social roles, styles of everyday life, and Japan's worldwide picture. it's a great guidebook for college kids, students, and common readers alike.

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King Kong Theory

By Virginie Despentes

With humor, rage, and confessional element, Virginie Despentes—in her personal phrases “more King Kong than Kate Moss”—delivers a hugely charged account of women’s lives at the present time. She explodes universal attitudes approximately intercourse and gender, and exhibits how sleek attractiveness myths are ripe for rebelling opposed to. utilizing her personal reviews of rape, prostitution, and dealing within the porn as a jumping-off aspect, she creates a brand new house for all those that can’t or won’t obey the rules.

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The War of the Sexes: How Conflict and Cooperation Have Shaped Men and Women from Prehistory to the Present

By Paul Seabright

As numerous love songs, videos, and self-help books attest, women and men have lengthy sought various things. the end result? possible inevitable clash. but we belong to the main cooperative species in the world. isn't really there a fashion we will be able to use this means to accomplish higher concord and equality among the sexes? In The warfare of the Sexes, Paul Seabright argues that there is--but first we needs to know how the strain among clash and cooperation constructed in our distant evolutionary prior, the way it formed the fashionable international, and the way it nonetheless holds us again, either at domestic and at paintings.

Drawing on biology, sociology, anthropology, and economics, Seabright exhibits that clash among the sexes is, ironically, the made from cooperation. The evolutionary niche--the lengthy based childhood--carved out by way of our ancestors calls for the top point of cooperative expertise. however it additionally provides extra to struggle approximately. women and men turned specialists at influencing each other to accomplish their cooperative ends, but additionally turned trapped in thoughts of manipulation and deception in pursuit of intercourse and partnership. In early societies, financial stipulations moved the stability of energy in prefer of fellows, as they cornered scarce assets to be used within the sexual discount. this day, stipulations have replaced past acceptance, but inequalities among women and men persist, because the brains, skills, and personal tastes we inherited from our ancestors fight to house the unpredictable forces unleashed by means of the trendy details economic system.

Men and girls this day have an extraordinary chance to accomplish equivalent energy and admire. yet we have to comprehend the combined inheritance of clash and cooperation left to us through our primate ancestors if we're ultimately to flee their legacy.

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Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction

By Andrew Clapham

From the debatable incarceration of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the brutal ethnic detoxification being practiced in Darfur, to the frequent denial of equivalent rights to girls in lots of parts of the realm, human rights violations are a continuing presence within the information and in our lives. Taking a world point of view, and targeting hugely topical concerns equivalent to torture, arbitrary detention, privateness, future health, and discrimination, this Very brief Introduction might help readers to appreciate for themselves the controversies and complexities at the back of this vitally correct factor. taking a look at the philosophical justification for rights, the old origins of human rights and the way they're shaped in legislations, Andrew Clapham explains what our human rights truly are, what they may be, and the place the human rights move is heading.

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Mixing Metaphors: God as Mother and Father in Deutero-Isaiah (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)

By Sarah J. Dille

While such a lot remedies of biblical metaphor research person metaphors in isolation, Sarah J. Dille offers a version for interpretation according to their interplay with each other. utilizing Lakoff and Johnson's class of "metaphoric coherence", she argues that once nonconsistent or contradictory metaphors look jointly in a literary unit, the components of overlap (coherence) are highlighted in every one.

Using the pictures of dad and mom in Deutero-Isaiah as a kick off point, she explores how those photos have interaction with others: for instance, the divine warrior, the redeeming kinsman, the artisan of clay, or the husband. The juxtaposition of numerous metaphors (common in Hebrew prophetic literature) highlights universal "entailments", allowing the reader to determine features of the picture which might be neglected or invisible if learn in isolation. Dille argues that any metaphor for God can merely be understood whether it is learn or heard in interplay with others inside of a selected cultural context.

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The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science and Popular Culture

By Roger N. Lancaster

Roger N. Lancaster offers the definitive rebuttal of evolutionary just-so tales approximately males, ladies, and the character of wish during this lively exposé of the heterosexual fables that pervade pop culture, from prime-time sitcoms to clinical theories concerning the so-called homosexual gene. Lancaster hyperlinks the new resurgence of organic causes for gender norms, sexual wants, and human nature as a rule with the present pitched battles over sexual politics. principles a couple of "hardwired" and immutable human nature are circulating at a pivotal second in human heritage, he argues, one within which dramatic alterations in gender roles and an remarkable normalization of lesbian and homosexual relationships are not easy obtained notions and normally held convictions on each front.

The difficulty with Nature takes on significant media sources—the New York Times, Newsweek—and greatly ballyhooed clinical reports and ideas to teach how reporters, scientists, and others invoke the rhetoric of technological know-how to help political positions within the absence of any actual facts. Lancaster additionally offers a singular and dramatic research of the social, ancient, and political backdrop for altering discourses on "nature," together with an incisive critique of the mess ups of queer concept to appreciate the social conflicts of the instant. by means of displaying how reductivist causes for sexual orientation lean on essentialist principles approximately gender, Lancaster invitations us to imagine extra deeply and creatively approximately human acts and social relations.

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Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking

Rape continues to be essentially the most arguable concerns inside legal justice and gets excessive profile assurance the world over. regardless of the various alterations there were to the legislations, perform and process within the research of rape allegations, and aid to be had for sufferers, sufferers are oftentimes blamed for his or her victimization. just a very small variety of perpetrators ever face prosecution, not to mention conviction.

This publication goals to take inventory of present considering and study approximately rape and how it's dealt with in perform in the felony justice approach, and to problem a number of the generally held yet erroneous ideals approximately rape. It brings jointly top researchers within the box from psychology, sociology and legislations, contemplating new learn and proposing new facts from a powerful theoretical and contextual base.

The major concentration of the ebook is on grownup sufferers of rape, with chapters exploring such matters as rape and the media, using alcohol and medication in rape, police choice making on rape situations, conviction styles in rape trials, and interviewing sufferers of rape and sexual assault.

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