Book details

Doing Gender Diversity

Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience

Edited by Rebecca F. Plante, Edited by Lis M. Maurer

About the Book

This cutting-edge reader demonstrates the multiple ways in which the universe of gender is socially, culturally, and historically constructed. The selections focus on gender itself—how gender operates socioculturally, exists, functions, and is presented in micro and macro interactions. In order to avoid balkanization, the authors examine the various ways in which culture intersects with individuals to produce the range of presentations of self that we call “gender,” from people born male who become adult men to lesbian women to transmen, and everyone else on the diverse gender spectrum.

About the Author

Rebecca F. Plante is associate professor of sociology at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Plante has written Sexualities in Context: A Social Perspective (Westview, 2006) and coedited (with Michael S. Kimmel) Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society (Oxford, 2004).

Lis M. Maurer is the founding coordinator of The Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Maurer has been a sexuality educator, consultant, and trainer for more than twenty years.


“Plante and Maurer have brought together a collection that recognizes and wrestles with the diversity that characterizes contemporary gender studies, identity, and expression. Doing Gender Diversity is a well-considered text that promises to advance students’ theoretical and empirical understandings of gender, race, class, and sexuality.”
Jessica Fields, San Francisco State University

“In Doing Gender Diversity, Plante and Maurer have assembled an outstanding collection of readings that explore the cultural construction and personal negotiation of gender by looking at diversity in practices and performances. Avoiding the trap of presenting gender diversity as ‘freaks on parade,’ they compile works examining normative and non-normative ways of embodying gender in the context of hegemonic ideologies of gender. While US-focused, this reader incorporates a diverse selection of classic theoretical works, contemporary empirical analyses, and first-person narratives and provides an excellent foundation for undergraduate explorations of the diverse ways of ‘doing’ gender.”
Erin Calhoun Davis, Cornell College

“Finally, the quintessential collection of gender and sexuality studies readings. Plante and Maurer have brought together an interdisciplinary reader that spans the breadth of the field…A fundamental addition to anyone’s library.”
Lisa Jean Moore, Purchase College, State University of New York

“Plante and Maurer’s Doing Gender Diversity is a highly innovative anthology that critically examines unexplored and taken for granted aspects of gender normalcy and gender privilege. This reader is a comprehensive collection of classical and contemporary works that is a must-read for a diversity of gender scholars across multiple fields.”
Sharon E. Preves, Hamline University

"This deeply thought-provoking collection of new and classic essays is a must for students of gender and genders in all their complexities."
Peggy J. Kleinplatz, University of Ottawa

“This is an excellent anthology that will encourage undergraduate students to think critically about gender diversity. It will be useful for faculty members teaching social science courses about gender or women's studies and who want to have a rich collection of readings about gender in micro- and macro-contexts. Students will enjoy and learn from the readings in this new anthology."
Teaching Sociology

“The timing is apt for a collection of this nature to emerge in feminist studies…By combining theory with real-life explorations, students are able to see the applied nature of some concepts that could otherwise seem diffuse and daunting to the academician in training. Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience seems to embody the zeitgeist regarding recent feminist texts.”
Sex Roles

“The interdisciplinary collection provides valuable resources for challenging students in women and gender studies, sociology, and psychology courses to think more critically about gender variations.”
Psychology of Women Quarterly

Table of Contents

* Classic
# Culture
@ Web

Section I The Basics of Gender


?~ 1 Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
Doing Gender

?~ 2 Judith Lorber
Night to His Day: The Social Construction of Gender

?~ 3 Patricia Hill Collins
Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection

@ 4 Jesse Walker
The Death of David Reimer: A Tale of Sex, Science, and Abuse

@# 5 Zachary I. Nataf
Whatever I Feel . . .

% 6 Suzanne J. Kessler
Defining and Producing Genitals

+ 7 Catherine Lord
Subject: Her Baldness Meets Beth and Gets High on Gender

@+ 8 Kate Bornstein

Chapter 1 Study Questions

~ 9 Abigail A. Fuller
What Difference Does Difference Make? Women, Race-Ethnicity, Social Class, and Social Change

% 10 Natalie Adams and Pamela Bettis
Commanding the Room in Short Skirts: Cheering as the Embodiment of Ideal Girlhood

% 11 C. J. Pascoe
“Dude, You’re a Fag”: Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse

@ 12 Robert Jensen
Masculine, Feminine or Human?

% 13 Aída Hurtado and Mrinal Sinha
More than Men: Latino Feminist Masculinities and Intersectionality

% 14 Tracey Lee
Trans(re)lations: Lesbian and Female to Male Transsexual Accounts of Identity

%# 15 Karen D. Pyke and Denise L. Johnson
Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities: “Doing” Gender across Cultural Worlds

Chapter 2 Study Questions

Section II The Microcosm of Gender: Individuals in Context


% 16 Dionne P. Stephens and April L. Few
The Effects of Images of African American Women in Hip Hop on Early Adolescents’ Attitudes Toward Physical Attractiveness and Interpersonal Relationships

#% 17 Virginia Braun
In Search of (Better) Sexual Pleasure: Female Genital “Cosmetic” Surgery

@+ 18 Max Beck
My Life as an Intersexual

%+ 19 Jamison Green
Part of the Package: Ideas of Masculinity among Male-Identified Transpeople

@+# 20 Sean 201
Diary of an Anorexic

%~ 21 Kathleen F. Slevin
Disciplining Bodies: The Aging Experiences of Older Heterosexual and Gay Men

Chapter 3 Study Questions


% 22 Jenny A. Higgins and Irene Browne
Sexual Needs, Control, and Refusal: How “Doing” Class and Gender Influences Sexual Risk Taking

% 23 Gloria Martinez
“My Body Is Not the Same”: Body and Sexuality for White and Latina Long-Term Breast Cancer “Survivors”

%+# 24 Nadine Naber
Arab American Femininities: Beyond Arab Virgin/American(ized) Whore

% 25 Peter Chua and Diane C. Fujino
Negotiating New Asian-American Masculinities: Attitudes and Gender Expectations

@ 26 Robert Jensen
Just a John? Pornography and Men’s Choices

% 27 Heidi M. Levitt, Elisabeth A. Gerrish, and Katherine R. Hiestand
The Misunderstood Gender: A Model of Modern Femme Identity

Chapter 4 Study Questions

Section III The Macrocosm of Gender: Institutions, Structures, and Politics