Contemporary Studies of Sexuality and Communication: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
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Our quality of life is inextricably linked to the quality of our communication and the quality of our personal relationships. The quality of sexual relationships has a significant bearing on our wellness, too.
Contemporary Studies of Sexuality and Communication: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives is a peer-reviewed volume that showcases scholarship about sexuality and communication. It includes readings on the current understandings in the field in an accessible format.
In Contemporary Studies of Sexuality and Communication, authors Jimming Manning and Carey Noland invite readers to talk and think about sex in meaningful ways. Moreover, the publication provides readers with the tools to transform understandings about sex and sexuality into practice, thus improving their relationships, their communities, their organizations, and their lives.
Written in a conversation, exploratory tone, Contemporary Studies of Sexuality and Communication:
- features articles from top scholars across many disciplines that compile research about the most salient topics and aspects regarding communication about sex.
- provides a diverse audience education to enhance their understanding of sexuality and communication.
- highlights the positive aspects of sexual culture and introduces research about improving sexual satisfaction.
- describes the impact of #MeToo, the COVID-19 pandemic, the roll-back of Title IX, and the internet (e.g., explosion of dating apps, pornography, online sex work) have influenced conversations about sex.
Section 1: Thinking about Sex and Sexuality
- What Does it Mean When People Say They “Had Sex”? Connecting Communication to Behavior Brittnie Peck, Jimmie Manning, Andrew Tri, Daria Skrzypczynski, Morgan Summers, & Kayleigh Grubb
- Memorable Messages about Sex: Theory and practice Angela Cooke-Jackson
- A Genealogy of Sexual Consent from the Social Contract to Sex-Positive Feminism Larissa A. Brian
- African Sexualities: Exploring Ọ̀ṣunality Zelaika S. H. Clarke
- Polyamory, Sex, and the Communication of Commitment Jennifer Dixon
- Queer Foreignness and Intersectionality: A Case for “Doing” Sexual and Cultural Mixing and Mingling across Borders Shinsuke Eguchi
Section 2: Sexual Relationships
- A Constitutive Model of Coming Out Jimmie Manning
- Sex as Enacted Identity: Gender, Sexuality, & Sexual Creativity Valerie Rubinsky & Nicole Hudak
- Lifelong Communication: Senior Citizen Sex and Intimacy Jessica M. W. Kratzer
- Chatting, Snacking, and Snuggling: An Overview of Research on Post-Sex Communication Amanda Denes & Annika Speer
- A New Look for the “Little Black Book”: Back Burner Relationships and Modern Communication Technology Jayson L. Dibble,& Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter
Section 3: Sexual Health, Well-Being, and Safety
- Teaching Medical Students to Take a Sexual History Carey Noland
- College Students’ Sexual Safety: The Verbal and Nonverbal Communication of Consent Diana K. Ivy
- Intercultural Same-Sex Relationships: Masculinities, Sexualities, and Communication across Borders Gust A. Yep, Ryan M. Lescure, & Jace Allen
- “You Are on Your Own”: Magnifying Co-Cultural LGB/TQ Microaggressions in the Workplace Tim McKenna-Buchanan & Sara Baker
Section 4: Popular Culture, Media, and Sex
- Sexuality in Popular Culture: Is It Okay to "Wanna Ride?" Lara Stache & Rachel D. Davidson
- The Evolving Landscape of Online Sex Work Yachao Li
- People with Disabilities and Self-Disclosure about Sexual Reproductive Health on the Internet Mauryne Kiruhiri Abwao & Muhammad Ittefaq
Jimmie Manning (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Manning’s research focuses on relationships, typically in interpersonal, health, computer-mediated, or organizational contexts. Much of this work has focused on sexuality, including studies about sexting, coming out, purity pledges, turning points in sexual relationships, among others. His work has appeared in several top-tier journals including Communication Monographs, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Journal of Family Communication, among others. He is also the author or editor of five books including Researching Interpersonal Relationships: Qualitative Methods, Studies, and Analysis (co-authored with Adrianne Kunkel). His research and teaching have been recognized with many awards including the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Early Professional Career Award; the International Association for Relationship Research Teaching Award; the National Communication Association Lambda Award; the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award; and the National Communication Association Outstanding Mentor in Master’s Education Award. He has also received 25 top paper awards from regional, national, and international organizations.
Carey Noland (Ph.D., Ohio University) is an award winning researcher and professor with over 25 years experience in the fields of health and sex. This is her third book on the topic of sex and communication. She has produced over 65 scholarly articles and professional papers on topics in health and sex communication. While she initially began her sex research investigating topics related to HIV and sexually transmitted infections, she has become increasingly interested in the role of sex and sexuality in quality of life issues, social justice, and personal wellness. Dr. Noland holds a PhD in communication studies from Ohio University, a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin and completed her undergraduate work in economics and statistics at Boston University. Dr. Noland joined the communication studies faculty at Northeastern University in 2002, where she is currently an Associate Professor.
Manning and Noland provide a remarkably thorough, comprehensive, and integrated view of human sexuality in all of its complexity. The chapters synthesize theory and research on a variety of topics and provide insight on current issues ranging from the forms, functions, and consequences of sex in traditional and nontraditional venues, to the individuals and couples who practice it and construct its personal and relational meaning, to the communities and cultures within which norms and sexual scripts shape sexual experiences. Readers are guided through this rich and diverse landscape by the recurring theme of communication processes that underlie, motivate, and manage the complexity of sex. Contemporary Studies of Sexuality and Communication: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives is an excellent, engaging, and accessible resource for scholars, practitioners, and instructors across the social sciences who are interested in sex and sexual communication.
Professor | School of Communication | Illinois State University
By treating sex and sexual identity as a communicative form, the editors and authors in Contemporary Studies of Sexuality and Communication: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives raise awareness of its importance across the lifespan and cross-culturally. They invite readers to talk about sex, whether it is to intervene as an ally when an interaction portends danger or just by asking an intimate friend to cuddle. Readers will learn how sexual pleasure and relational intimacy are so crucially related to our ability to communicate.
Professor | Center for Human Sexuality Studies | Widener University