The multifaceted field of women’s sexuality has expanded as a field of inquiry over the last 25 years to encompass a wide range of new perspectives, theories, topics, findings, and controversies. The chapters in this work review and question the utility of standard sexuality frameworks, addressing purely biological models, heteronormative definitions of sexuality, and others; and provide new insights and approaches to understanding women’s sexuality. The intersectional and contextual nature of women’s sexuality and how it is inextricably connected to women’s relational, social, economic, and cultural contexts is highlighted.
The Essential Handbook of Women’s Sexuality includes in-depth coverage of a wide range of women’s sexuality topics, including sexual desire and satisfaction; sexuality in relationships; development across the lifespan; sexuality concerns in diverse countries; pornography; lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women; women from diverse backgrounds; health and sexuality; reconceptualizations of women’s sexual problems; trauma, rape, and intimate partner violence; and mental health and therapy. These volumes can serve as a resource for students, researchers, and anyone seeking a greater understanding of women’s sexuality.
- Vignettes and real-life stories to illustrate concerns, questions, findings, research, and concepts
- In-depth coverage of a wide spectrum of sexuality topics among women, including sexual desire and satisfaction; sexuality concerns in diverse countries; pornography; lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women; trauma, rape, and intimate partner violence; and mental health and therapy
- Contributions from 63 distinguished scholars who are experts in their fields
- Extensive bibliography with each chapter