Cover

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Frontmatter

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CONTENTS

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

As I was working on this book, colleagues and friends would ask me about the project, wondering how I was spending my sabbatical days. Invariably, and for some shock value, I’d say I was writing a book called “Writing Sex,” one of the original titles for the project. Just as invariably, people would hear ...

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Introduction: Toward Sexual Literacy

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pp. 1-30

Sex and sexuality, and the complex personal and political issues surrounding them, are a powerful part of our daily lives. They form part of the most intimate moments we share with one another. But moreover, far from occupying a purely personal dimension in our lives, they saturate our public conversations ...

SITES OF THEORY AND WRITING

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1 Discursive Sexualities: Bridging Sexuality and Literacy Studies

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pp. 33-74

Let me begin at a very personal point—a portion of my own literacy narrative— as a way to approach thinking of literacy and sexuality together. For some readers, pairing literacy and sexuality might seem a stretch, but for me, the connection began early and felt natural. ...

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2 Beyond Textbook Sexuality: Students Reading, Students Writing

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pp. 75-98

Molly’s experiences with her class are not ultimately surprising to me. Her students’ enthusiasm, as well as her claim that students actually wrote better in her class because of the focus on sex and sexuality, corroborates much of my own experiences, as I will detail throughout this book. But more broadly, Molly’s students’ ...

SITES OF PEDAGOGY

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3 Queer Theory for Straight Students: Sex and Identity

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pp. 101-126

Henry Giroux has famously advocated for a “pedagogy of difference,” which, in his words, “seeks to understand how difference is constructed in the intersection of the official cannon of the school and the various voices of students from subordinate groups, but also draws upon students’ experience as both a ...

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4 Transgender Rhetorics: Sex and Gender

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pp. 127-150

On the first day of a writing-intensive honors course called “Contemporary Masculinities,” I brought in for discussion a couple of recent essays by Patrick (formerly Pat) Califia-Rice entitled “Family Values” and “Trannyfags Unzipped.” In these articles, Califia-Rice discusses his transitioning from female to male, ...

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5 Straight Talk about Marriage: Sex and Politics

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pp. 151-174

Without a doubt, one of the most contentious debates in contemporary American society has focused on the extension of marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. Numerous news reports and several legal battles throughout the early years of the twenty-first century have turned attention to this issue, which has yet ...

SITES OF RESISTANCE

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6 Susie Bright in the Comp Class: Confronting Resistances

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pp. 177-209

Susie Bright is a sex writer—a very good one, in my opinion. She has a wonderful ability to be both pragmatic and philosophical, writing candidly about the mechanics of particular sexual positions and why it is important to talk openly about sex and sexuality. As such, her writing in books such as The Sexual State of the Union ...

Notes

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pp. 210-213

References

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pp. 214-220

Index

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pp. 221-225