Welcome to the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association

SEX-AND-GENDER-LOGO-FINAL-COLOR-7-9-2015-HIGH-RESThe Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association is an incredible collection of sociologists studying just about every aspect of sex and gender that you can imagine.  Check out our latest newsletter for more information on who we are and what we’re doing.

The Sex and Gender Section is the largest section in the American Sociological Association. Broadly speaking, we are interested in teaching and studying organized patterns of gendered relations. This means that little is off limits to sociologists of sex and gender.  Many sociologists of sex and gender are also fascinated by aspects of gender in social life some might deem “controversial.” And we are constantly growing and examining new aspects of sex and gender throughout social life.  We embrace this controversy and see our section’s presence on social media as a part of that commitment. As both policy and practice, our aim is to support dialogue among members of the section. This does not mean that the section is officially endorsing anything and everything that is posted. Rather, we see our social media presence as providing material for dialogue and as a space within which that dialogue can occur.

See our Mission Statement and view our Section Bylaws for more information.

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 From the Newsletter



By Steven Seidman and Alan Frank

It is odd to offer the seemingly counterintuitive proposition that men are at the edge of renegotiating gender in more inclusive, flexible ways—especially as one of the most gender retrograde men sits in the oval office. Yet, isn’t this the way of change—uneven, concurrent threads filled with paradox and contradiction?
But wait, there’s not only Trump! As we write in the winter 2017-2018, we’re in the midst of an unprecedented wave of women exposing the underside—echoing some radical feminist arguments of the 1980s—the hidden truth of manhood: a misogyny manifest in vile tales of predatory and violent behavior towards women. These are not ordinary men; they are movers and shakers, the icons of manhood across long stretches of 20th century America.
Men at the edge of renegotiating gender? Really? Well, yes. As we see it, the “facts”—Trump and the #MeToo phenomenon—are not unambiguous. Two points are worth considering.

Read more on page 3 of our newsletter

When Art Meets Eroticism: How Women Changed the Sex-Toy Industry

Excerpt from: Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure, Duke University Press, 2017.

By Lynn Comella

It was a long cab ride to Hunter’s Point, a gritty, urban-industrial area in the southeastern part of San Francisco. It was early summer 2002 and I was on my way to Vixen Creations, a lesbian-owned and -operated silicone dildo manufacturing company, to interview its founder—and Good Vibrations alum—Marilyn Bishara.
Bishara, a former New York City cab driver with a gravelly voice and an easy smile, was working as a computer programmer at Good Vibrations in the early 1990s when she noticed that the company had ongoing issues getting silicone dildos delivered on time. Silicone is an ideal material for sex toys, because it’s nontoxic, nonporous and therefore more hygienic, and warms to the touch. At the time, there were only a few small companies making silicone products—it’s a tricky and expensive material to work with—and the fact that merchandise was always on back order was costing Good Vibrations money.

Read more on page 6 of our newsletter


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