SEX

LESBIAN SEXUALITY, PAT CALIFIA, JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 1979, VOL 4(3), P253-266.

A study was conducted to determine what physical sexual activities lesbians engage in and what attitudes lesbians have toward various aspects of their sexuality. The sample consisted of 286 homosexual women. This article reports results in the following areas: first orgasm, first sexual experience with another woman, sexual fantasies, number of sex partners, faking orgasm, sex toys, initiating sex, techniques used to reach orgasm with partners, and the attitudes of respondents toward their own lesbianism, erotica, female genitals, masturbation emotional involvement with sex partners, monogamy, sex toys, oral sex, tribadism, group sex, and sadomasochism. The study suggests that the sample group has very positive attitudes about their lesbianism, their own bodies, masturbation, and the various ways in which they express sexuality with their partnrs.

HUMAN AUTOEROTIC PRACTICES: STUDIES ON MASTURBATION, EDITED BY MANFRED F. DE MARTINO, HUMAN SCIENCES PRESS, 1979, REVIEW BY BERNARD GOLDSTEIN, JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 1981, VOL 7(1), P75-80.

SEXUALITY AND ITS DISCONTENTS, JEFFREY WEEKS, REVIEW BY STEPHEN MURRAY, JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 1988, VOL 15(3/4), P183-186.

FEMINIST REVIEW, 34, SPRING 1990, INCLUDES:

THE DE-EROTICIZATION OF WOMEN'S LIBERATION: SOCIAL PURITY MOVEMENTS AND THE REVOLUTIONARY FEMINSM OF SHEILA JEFFREYS, MARGARET HUNT, P23-46.

SKIRTING THE ISSUE: LESBIAN FASHION FOR THE 1990S, INGE BLACKMAN AND KATHRYN PERRY, P67-78.

MAPPING: LESBIANS, AIDS AND SEXUALITY, AN INTERVIEW WITH CINDY PATTON BY SUE O'SULLIVAN, P120-133.

THE PLEASURE THRESHOLD: LOOKING AT LESBIAN PORNOGRAPHY ON FILM, CHERRY SMYTH, P152-159.

VOYAGES OF THE VALKYRIES: RECENT LESBIAN PORNOGRAPHIC WRITING, SARA DUNN, P161-170.

LETTER, SUSANNE KAPPELER, LIZ KELLY, JOAN SCANLON, P178-179.

EROTOMANIA IN AN ADOLESCENT: CLINICAL AND THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS, JOHN R. URBACH, CYMA KHALILY, PATRICIA P. MITCHELL, JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENCE, 1992, SEPT., VOL 15, P231-240.

Erotomania is a relatively rare delusional syndrome, typically seen in heterosexual women of middle-age or beyond. This is the first reported occurrence in an adolescent, and one of very few involving homosexual orientation. A detailed case report is discussed in the context of adolescent developental phenomena, including "crushes", identity formation, and the resolution of sexual orientation. The presentation of erotomania as alleged sexual abuse, and a possible etiologic role for childhood sexual trauma, are considered.

 

BOOKS

THE GAY REPORT: LESBIANS AND GAY MEN SPEAK OUT AOBUT SEXUAL EXPERIENCES AND LIFESTYLES, KARLA JAY & ALLEN YOUNG, SUMMIT BOOKS, 1977.

ODDS & SODS

HUMAN AUTOEROTIC PRACTICES: STUDIES ON MASTURBATION, ED MANFRED F. DE MARTINO, REVIEW BY RICHARD W. SMITH, JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 1981, VOL 7(1).

CROSS REFERENCES

ALCOHOL

THE IMPACT OF AIDS ON A GAY COMMUNITY: CHANGES IN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, SUBSTANC USE, AND MENTAL HEALTH, JOHN L. MARTIN, LAURA DEAN, MARC GARCIA AND WILLIAM HALL, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY, 1989, VOL 17(3), P269-293.

This report describes progress made to date on a study of the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the gay community of New York City. Using a model of the life stress process described by Barbara Dohrenwend and her colleagues, the AIDS epidemic was conceptualized as a community stressor resulting in two key stress-inducing events: death of loved ones due to AIDS and potential illness and death of oneself due to infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It was hypothesized that these stressors would be significantly related to three domains of health outcomes: sexual behavior, drug and alcohol use, and psychological distress. Descriptive trends over time are provided for both the health outcome variables and the stressor variables. Cross-sectional analyses for 3 years of data provide evidence in support of the main hypothesis. The implications of these findings are discussed from the standpoints of methodology, public health, and the psychology of stress processes in community settings.

EMPLOYMENT

RE-EROTICIZING THE ORGANIZATION: AN EXEGESIS AND CRITIQUE, JOANNA BREWIS AND CHRISTOPHER GREY, GENDER, WORK AND ORGANIZATION, 1994, VOL 1(2).

This paper examines an important recent development in thinking on the role of sexuality and eroticism within organizations, namely Re-eroticization theory. The paper contextualizes this development by contrasting it with modernist-masculinist and modernist-feminist discourses on eroticism and organizations prior to synthesizing the many disparate strands of Re-eroticization theory. Re-eroticization is then examined critically in terms of its theoretical assumptions and the nature of its emancipatory promise. In particular, it is argued that Re-eroticization theory retains an unacknowledged essentialism which renders its emancipatory claims problematic, and is overly sanguine with respect to violent forms of eroticism.

GAY

ON A "MINORITY COMPLEX" RENE SCHERER, JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 1993, VOL 25(3), P283-292.

HOMOSEXUAL RITUALS AND SAFER SEX, MICHAEL POLLAK, JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 1993, VOL 25(3), P307-317.

After discussing different forms of collective homosexual rituals, the article discusses the emergence of new ritualized forms of safer sex, such as Jack-Off Parties.

GAY MALE FANTASIES AND REALITIES, GREGORY K. LEHNE, JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES, 1978, VOL 34(3), P28-37.

The sexual fantasies of 47 gay men were studied using an open-ended questionnaire to determine the influences of fantasy on developing a gay identity and lifestyle. Early fantasies, occurring around age 12, preceded interpersonal sexual experience by an average of four years. They functioned as a source of self-knowledge about respondents' affectional reference and influenced early homosexual experiences. Current affectional and sexual fantasy themes were related to respondents' lifestyles or desire for a male affectional relationship.

SEXUAL COMPULSIVITY IN GAY MEN: CONTROVERSY AND TREATMENT, LESTER PINCU, JOURNAL OF COUNSELING & DEVELOPMENT, 1989, VOL 68, , P63-66.

Compulsive sex among some gay men has been made a more significant issue by the AIDS epidemic. There is controversy as to whether or not compulsive sex is a disorder or if it should be thought of as addiction. The clinical usefulness of the addictive model is discussed, along with the commonalities between the two most prevalent and successful approaches used to treat this disorder: namely, group treatment and the self-help Twelve Step addictive model.

THE MINESHAFT: A RETROSPECTIVE ETHNOGRAPHY, JOEL I. BORDSKY, JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 1993, VOL 24(3/4) P233-251.

The Mineshaft, a male sex club, is described from the patron's perspective, in retrospect, and in the context of gay male urban life in circa-1980 North America. It is suggested that the Mineshaft functioned to provicd, on a for-profit basis, a relatively safe environment for liminal erotic behaviors, and did so in response to a variety of sociocultural conditions. The latter include the lack of institutionalized anticipatory socialization for intramale sexual relations, and the tension betwen S&M and non-S&M gay male styles. The Mineshaft occupied marginal niches in terms of its physical location, its hours of operation, and its legal status. Acess was ritualized, social structure was simplified, social control was informal but adequate. The setting was amenable to a wide range of fantasy, eroticization and erotic role playing.

RELATIONSHIPS

SEX THERAPY WITH LESBIAN COUPLES: A FOUR STAGE APPROACH, MARNY HALL, JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 1987, VOL 14(1/2), P137-156.

The many factors - social, cultural, psychological - that shape homosexual sexual expression render purely behavioral sex therapy models one-dimensional and ineffective for lesbian clients with sexual presenting problems. Though a behavioral approach may be useful later in the treatment of such problems, the effective clinician must first address the inimical social and cultural contexts that frame lesbian sexaul impasses. This paper offers specific techniques, both direct and indirect, designed to illuminate and neutralize these contexts. Additionally, the author presents a sequence of sensate focus exercises tailored to the particular needs of lesbian couples.

SEXUAL COERCION IN GAY MALE AND LESBIAN RELATIONSHPS: PREDICTORS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SUPPORT SERVICES, CAROLINE K. WATERMAN, LORI J. DAWSON, MICHAEL J. BOLOGNA, THE JOURNAL OF SEX RESEARCH, 1989, VOL 26(1), P118-124.

Numerous studies have documented the prevalence of forced sex in heterosexual couples. Positive effects of this research include increases in awareness about the problem among helping professionals and the public, as well as increases in support services and prevention programs. However, no research has been done on sexual coercion in gay male and lesbian relationships, and few support services exist. Therefore, this study is an investigation of the prevalence and correlates of coercive sex in gay male and lesbian relationships. Participants were 36 women and 34 men who were in gay or lesbian relationships. The results indicated that 12% of the gay men and 31% of the lesbians reported being victims of forced sex by their current or most recent partner. The higher reporting rate among women may be due to greater awareness of issues pertaining to sexual abuse, and greater likelihood of identifying various forms of coercion as force. For men, being a victim of forced sex was generally associated with being a victim of other forms of violence. For both sexes, victims of forced sex believed that it would be relatively difficult to get counseling. Implications for support services are discussed.

THERAPY

LESBIANS PSYCHOLOGIES, EXPLORATIONS & CHALLENGES, ED BOSTED LESBIAN PSYCHOLOGIES COLLECTIVE, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESS, 1987, INCLUDES:

DOING SEX THERAPY WITH LESBIANS: BENDING A HETEROSEXUAL PARADIGM TO FIT A GAY LIFE-STYLE, MARGARET NICHOLS, P242-260.

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