Whether in the home or in the public arenas of media, work, sports, politics, art or religion, women often become embroiled as subjects in the political, social, and cultural debates in America. People on all areas of the political landscape see women in diverse and conflicting ways—as either too liberated or not liberated enough, or whether and how gender and sexual roles are rooted in either biology or culture. Battleground: Women, Gender, and Sexuality helps readers navigate contemporary issues and debates pertaining to women's lives in the United States and globally. This work examines how science and culture intertwine to influence how we think about our identities, desires, relationships, and societal roles today.
Battleground: Women, Gender, and Sexuality comprises lengthy, in-depth discussions of the most timely issues that are debated in today's culture, such as, birth control, comparable worth, disability and gender, glass ceiling, immigration, plastic surgery, tattooing, and piercing, same-sex marriage, and sexual assault and sexual harrassment
Each essay provides a balanced overview of these hot-button topics, and a list of works for Further Reading after each entry serves as a stepping-stone to more in-depth material for students who are writing papers or researching reports.
"The variety, brevity, and accessibility of the essays make this volume an excellent resource for undergraduate students searching for scholarly interpretations of current issues involving gender. Where applicable, the editors have included special informational boxes with added features such as time lines, biographical sketches, and more detailed explanations of topics....This work is an excellent up-to-date supplement to the almost nine-year-old Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, ed. by C. Kramarae and D. Spencer....Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates."
"Writing is clear and accessible....[P]rovides a useful introduction to many issues about women's identities as reflected in societal contexts. Even though women's lib may seem old hat, the underlying issues remain and need to be addressed clearly. These volumes are a fine effort to that end...."
"Battleground: Women, Gender, and Sexuality is a great reference tool that has a large number of themes of females. Anyone seeking new information as well as recognized subject matter on females will, without any hesitation, find the area under discussion in Battleground: Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Clearly, it is vital to women’s studies."
". . . the bibliographies at the end of each entry are so impressively comprehensive that it's easy to determine that each entry has been excellently researched. The comprehensive index provides guidance for finding topics and people and overall, much like the set itself, is quite intuitive. . . . [T]his work can definitely fill a gap in many academic reference collections."