HNRS 20008 Sex, Gender, and Desire

Principal Periodical Databases

PsycINFO -- This is the first place to start for most research in psychology. Created by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO contains more than 3 million citations and abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and other materials. The earliest citations date back to the nineteenth century, and the most recent are less than a month old. Almost all of the material you will find will be peer-reviewed.

In addition to PsycINFO, there are a few other databases you may find useful in research of the psychology of women.

  • GenderWatch
    GenderWatch is a full-text database containing 140 international publications plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues. It is a repository of materials on gender issues worldwide, the evolution of the women's movement, and the changes in gender roles over the last twenty years.
  • Gender Studies Collection
    This collection of journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.
  • LGBT life with Full Text
    World's literature regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues. (Was GLBT Life with Full Text)
Social Issues
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    Comprehensive coverage of sociology and related areas of study: criminology & criminal justice, demography,ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions and violence.
  • Diversity Studies Collection
    Covers a diversity of diversity topics related to social science, history and liberal arts. This collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.
Other special fields Interdisciplinary

Further Reading

Note about Further Reading

The following list of books have been recommended by Professor Carla Golden. All are available in or through the Ithaca College Library. Books with call numbers are in the library's General Stacks. Books marked Ebook Central (formerly ebrary) are available online.


  • Woman: An intimate geography by Natalie Angier, Houghton Mifflin, 1999 QP38 .A54 2000
  • Appetites: Why women want by Caroline Knapp, Perseus Books, 2003 ebrary
  • The fat studies reader edited by Esther Rothblum, S. Solvay, and M. Wann, New York University Press, 2009 ebrary  |  RA645.O23 F55 2009
  • Fixing sex: Intersex, medical authority, and lived experience by Katrina Karkazis, Duke University Press, 2008 QP267 .K37 2008
  • The clitoral truth: The secret world at your fingertips by Rebecca Chalker, Seven Stories Press, 2000 HQ447 .C53 2002
  • Body Outlaws: Young women write about body image and identity (2nd edition) edited by Ophira Edut, Seal Press, 2004 BF697.5.B63 A35 2000


  • Delusions of gender: how our minds, society, and neurosexism create difference by Cordelia Fine, Norton, 2010 QP360 .F52 2010
  • Gender born, gender made: Raising healthy gender-nonconforming children by Diane Ehrensaft, The experiment Press, 2011 HQ1075 .E36 2011
  • Sexing the body: Gender politics and the construction of sexuality by Ann Fasuto-Sterling, Basic Books, 2000 ebrary  | HQ1075 .F387 2000
  • Brain storm: The flaws in the science of sex differences by Rebecca Jordan-Young, Harvard University Press, 2010 QP81.5 .J67 2010
  • Paying for the party: How college maintains gender inequality by Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton, Harvard University Press, 2013 ebrary  |   LC1756 .A76 2013
  • The rise of enlightened sexism: How pop culture took us from girl power to girls gone wild by Susan Douglas, Henry Holt, 2010 On order

Gender Diversity/Gender Variance/Queer Theory

  • Biological exuberance: Animal homosexuality and natural diversity by Bruce Bagemihl, St. Martin’s Press, 1999 QL761 .B24 2000
  • Gender trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity or Undoing gender by Judith Butler, Routledge, 2002 (c1990) ebrary  |  1990 HQ1154 .B88 1990
  • Queer theory, gender theory: An instant primer by Riki Wilchins, Alyson Books, 2004 HQ76.25 .W55 2004
  • Feminism is queer: The intimate connection between queer and feminist theory by Mimi Marinucci, Zed Books, 2010 HQ1190 .M355 2010
  • Excluded: Making feminist and queer movements more inclusive by Judlie Serano, Seal Press, 2013 HQ1101 .S47 2013
  • The transgender studies reader edited by Susan Stryker & Stephen Whittle, Routledge, 2006 HQ77.9 .T72 2006


  • Flirting with danger: young women's reflections on sexuality and domination by Lynn M. Phillips, NYU Press, 2000 ebrary
  • Young wives' tales: new adventures in love and partnership edited by Jill Corral and Lisa Miya-Jervis, Seal Press, 2001 HQ759 .Y66 2001
  • Not my kid: What parents believe about the sex lives of teenagers by Sinikka Elliot, NYU Press, 2012 HQ35 .E45 2012
  • Straight: The surprisingly short history of heterosexuality or Virgin: The untouched history by Hanne Blank, Beacon Press, 2012 HQ23 .B56 2012
  • The purity myth: How America’s obsession with virginity is hurting young women by Jessica Valenti, Seal Press, 2009 ebrary [A DVD based on this book is also available. DVD 8465]
  • The feminist porn book: The politics of producing pleasure edited by T. Taormino, Penley, Shimizu & Miller-Young, The Feminist Press, 2013 ebrary
  • Girls like us: Fighting for a world where girls are not for sale: A memoir by Rachel Lloyd, Harper Perennial, 2012 HQ281 .L57 2011


  • Getting off: Pornography and the end of masculinity by Robert Jensen, South End Press, 2007 HQ471 .J47 2007
  • The Macho paradox: Why some men hurt women and how all men can help by Jackson Katz, Sourcebooks, 2006 HV6250.4.W65 K39 2006
  • Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men by Michael Kimmel, Harper, 2009 HQ799.6 .K56 2008
  • Refusing to be a man: Essays on sex and justice by John Stoltenberg, Routledge, 2000 ebrary
  • Packaging boyhood: Saving our sons from superheroes, slackers, and other media stereotypes by Lyn M. Brown, Sharon Lamb, & Mark Tappan, St. Martin’s Press, 2009 HD9970.5.C483 U635 2009

Feminist history, theory, activism

  • Yes means yes!: Visions of female sexual power & a world without rape edited by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti, Seal Press, 2008 HQ29 .Y47 2008
  • Full frontal feminism: A young woman’s guide to why feminism matters by Jessica Valenti, Seal Press, 2014 HQ1155 .V35 2014
  • The tolerance trap: how God, genes, and good intentions are sabotaging gay equality by Suzanna Danuta Walters, NYU Press, 2014 HQ76.5 .W35 2014
  • Wonder women: sex, power, and the quest for perfection by Debora L. Spar, Sarah Crichton Books, 2013, HQ1421 .S677 2013
  • Girlfighting: betrayal and rejection among girls by Lyn Mikel Brown, NYU Press, 2003 ebrary
  • No turning back: The history of feminism and the future of women by Estelle Freedman, Ballantine Books, 2002 HQ1121 .F74 2003
  • The essential feminist reader edited by Estelle Freedman, Modern Library, 2007 HQ1154 .E77 2007
  • Feminist theory: From margin to center by bell hooks, South End Press, 2000 HQ1426 .H675 2000
  • Feminism is for everybody: Passionate politics by bell hooks, South End Press, 2000 HQ1190 .H67 2000
  • Feminist thought: A more comprehensive introduction (3rd edition) by Rosemary Tong, Westview Press, 2009 ebrary
  • Feminism without borders: Decolonizing theory, practicing solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Duke University Press, 2003 HQ1870.9 .M64 2003

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