Women and Sexuality
Global Lives in Focus
by Kelly Campbell and M. L. Parker, Editors
December 2022, 269pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

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Women’s experiences regarding sexuality are very different from those of men. What has caused these differences, and how have they impacted sexuality through history to today?

This important volume offers readers an in-depth understanding of women's sexuality around the world, bringing to light a history that is often suppressed.

What is reproductive health like for women in other countries of the world? How are marriage and love viewed in other cultures? This volume examines aspects of women and sexuality across the globe.

Each chapter in this volume focuses on a different world region, including North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. The topics covered in each chapter include sexual attitudes and practices, the influence of religion on sexuality, sexual violence, reproductive health, love and marriage, and the media and sexuality.

Specific country and cultural examples are interwoven such that readers come away with an understanding of the beliefs, practices, traditions, and customs that are common in each world region. Readers will be able to make cross-cultural comparisons, learning how the sexuality of women varies and yet is also the same from culture to culture. This volume is written in clear, jargon-free language, making it appropriate and useful for students and general readers.


  • Offers readers an understanding of women's sexuality across the world
  • Empowers women to understand their history and take ownership of their rights, bodies, and lives
  • Inspires readers to promote gender equality around the world
  • Presents sidebars throughout the text to provide insightful information that enhances the reader's experience
  • Features an at-a-glance chronological timeline of women and world religions throughout history, from ancient times to the present
Kelly Campbell, PhD, is an Interim Vice Provost and professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. Her research examines couple relationships and friendships. She has conducted studies in the U.S., Canada, England, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and South Africa. She teaches courses on intimate relationships, gender, families, parenting, positive psychology, personality, and race and racism. Campbell serves as associate director for the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations. Her research has been featured on NBC television, CBS radio, and NPR, and in The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, Women's Health, Cosmopolitan, SELF, and The Huffington Post.

M. L. Parker is a licensed marriage and family therapist and assistant professor at Florida State University. She earned her doctoral degree in child and family development with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on collaborative health care, illness, and disabilities in the practice of couples and family therapy. Parker has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in couples therapy, medical family therapy, research methods, diversity in family therapy, and psychopathology. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor.

Women and Society around the World

Women make up half of the population of the world, yet their roles in society and the issues they face differ far greatly from those of their male counterparts. In some corners of the world, women are deemed unworthy of an education; in other areas, women scientists are pioneers in their fields. This series investigates key topics that are important to women’s lives around the world, from education and politics to violence and employment.

Each volume in the series encompasses a global view of contemporary women, with chapters designed to focus on each world region. Regions discussed include North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. While chapters discuss each region in general, specific examples of key traditions and customs help to shed light on cultural nuances among countries within each region. High school and general readers will be able to make cross-cultural comparisons, learning how views of women differ from culture to culture, how and why women face issues that men do not, and steps that are being taken to combat these challenges. A chronology, bibliography, and sidebars highlighting key women round out these introductory chapter books.


  • Preface [+/-1,000 words]
  • Introduction [+/-3,000 words]
  • Chronology [+/-2,000 words]
  • Chapter 1: North America [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 2: Latin America and the Caribbean [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 3: Europe [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 4: North Africa and the Middle East [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 5: Sub-Saharan Africa [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 6: Central and East Asia [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 7: South and Southeast Asia [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 8: Oceania [+/- 10,000]
  • Bibliography [+/-2,000 words]
  • 20 Sidebars [+/-2,000 words]
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