1. Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity (4th ed.) (2012; most recent ed. 2015)
by Janell L. Carroll
This is the foundational text, the one the whole syllabus is based on. My long-fought-for women’s studies degree makes a lot of the information in this introductory, undergraduate-level textbook redundant for me, but I wanted it for a few reasons: so that I could see the scope of topics that are considered to fall under “sexuality studies” and supplement them with other, more advanced readings; so that I could get a basic understanding of anatomy; and so that I could see how bad the foundations of graduate-level sex ed. are. I chose this book specifically because it seemed the LEAST bad.  You can tell it is open-minded about sexuality because there is an image on the cover of a person wearing hot pink lipstick and a spiked collar and they have a pierced tongue! Also, someone is wearing rainbow socks, because having several canoodling couples who appear to be of the same gender is pretty good, but gay socks are better. (Note that there is a more recent edition, but it was just released when I was browsing through Amazon, and I couldn’t afford that shit.)

2. Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy (5th ed.)
ed. Yitzchak M. Binik and Kathryn S.K. Hall
This appears to be the standard textbook for sex therapists-in-training, and I bought it for that reason. And folks? It’s bad. “How bad is it?” It’s so bad, the chapter on gender dysphoria is written by infamous conversion therapist Kenneth Zucker.

3. New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives (2nd ed.)
ed. Peggy J. Kleinplatz
I didn’t want to let Zucker have the only word, so I went searching for another sex therapy textbook, and I was relieved to find this one. Hopefully it’s better than just “not written by Kenneth Zucker.”

2. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.)
by the American Psychiatric Association
Since I’m going to be learning so much about therapy and the pathologization of alternative sexualities, I needed this good ol’ doorstopper, too. I’m particularly interested in reading about the paraphilias, but I’m also including sections on disorders that have sex as a diagnostic criteria, like Borderline Personality Disorder.

1. ABC of Sexually Transmitted Infections (6th ed.)
ed. Karen E. Rogstad
Last but of course not least, there is this medical textbook. It seems accessible enough, and it even has full-color photos! Hot damn!

Supplementary Texts

1. 9 Degrees of Justice: New Perspectives on Violence Against Women in India
ed. Bishakha Datta

2. “Code of Ethics”
by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

3. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism
by Patricia Hill Collins

4. “Concerning Kamasutras: Challenging Narratives of History and Sexuality”
by Jyoti Puri

5. Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability
by Robert McRuer

6. Feminist Disability Studies 
ed. Kim Q. Hall

7. Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History
by Susan L. Mann

8. LGBT Mental Health Syllabus
by the LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry

9. “Theorising Gender, Sexuality and Settler Colonialism: An Introduction
by Scott Lauria Morgensen

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Unit 1:  Introductions and Some Sociocultural Stuff 

WEEKS 1+2: Introductions
Nov 7- Nov 21 (blog post Nov. 25)

WEEKS 3+4: In Which (Some of) the Main Texts Pretend to Care About Race and Its Relevance to Sexuality Studies
Nov 21- Dec 5 (blog post Dec. 9 Dec. 30)

WEEKS 5+6: Some Shit About Relationships
Dec 26- Jan 9 (blog post Jan. 16Jan. 23) (look I’m bad at deadlines, that’s part of why I’m not in grad school)

WEEKS 7+8: Psychosocial Sexual Development
Jan 16- Jan 30 (blog post Feb. 3)(we’re gettin’ back on track here’ though, see?)

WEEKS 9+10: The Gay Part
Jan. 30- Feb. 13 (blog post Feb. 17)

WEEKS 11+12: Gender, Gender, Gender

Unit 2:  Biology and Disorderly Conduct

WEEKS 13+14: Intro to and Overview of STIs

WEEKS 15+16: Anatomy and STIs

WEEKS 17+18: Dysfunction Junction

WEEKS 19+20: Even More on STIs

WEEKS 21+22: Still More on STIs

WEEKS 23+24: Even More on Disorders

WEEKS 25+26: Still More on Disorders


WEEKS 29+30: Reproduction

Unit 3:  All the Rest (and Most of It Is Stuff I Personally Am Not Looking Forward to Hearing Wrong Things About)

WEEKS 31+32: Prostitution Ugh ugh ugh


WEEKS 35+36: Sexual Violence

WEEKS 37+38: Disability and Sexuality


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Alternate Reading Suggestions

(books I’ve read that I’d recommend)

1. Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza
by Gloria Anzaldúa (free excerpts here)
2. Decolonizing Trans/Gender
by b. binaohan (link includes buy and read-for-free options)
3. The Disability Studies Reader
ed. Lennard J. Davis (cheaper, used versions here)
4. To Live Freely in This World: Sex Worker Activism in Africa
by Chi Adanna Mgbako (cheaper, used versions here, but if you buy from the publisher, the profit goes to the sex worker groups documented in the book)
5. Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle
by Sylvia Federici (free PDF here)
6. Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk
by Melinda Chateauvert (cheaper, used versions here)
7. Sexuality
by Joseph Bristow (cheaper, used versions here)

(books I haven’t read that I should really read at some point since I’m interested in these sorts of things, you know?)

1. Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology
ed. INCITE! (free excerpt here)
2. Gender Trouble (free PDF here)
by Judith Butler
3. The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities 
ed. Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (free PDF here)

What are your recommendations?

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