Welcome to the Companion website!

This site is intended to provide you with an array of multimedia resources to enhance your studies of gender and sexuality.

Unmasking Masculinities

Unmasking Masculinities: Men and Society Edited by Edward W. Morris and Freedan Blume Oeur

This new anthology provides a fresh and comprehensive introduction to the field of critical masculinity studies. Grounded in the theories of masculinities with explicit connections between various theoretical perspectives and the readings, this book examines unique domains, such as the Presidency or men's responses to feminism. Through the book’s emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives and experiences, readers will find new and provocative takes on masculinity today, such as nerd masculinity, female masculinity, misogyny through social media, feminism and men, and men’s intimate relationships with other men.


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Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy: A Contexts Reader Edited by Jodi O’Brien

This new anthology from SAGE brings together over 90 recent readings on gender, sexuality, and intimate relationships from Contexts, the award-winning magazine published by the American Sociological Association. Each contributor is a contemporary sociologist writing in the clear, concise, and jargon-free style that has made Contexts the "public face" of sociology. Jodi O'Briwn and Arlene Stein, former Contexts Editors, have chosen pieces that are timely, thought-provoking, and especially suitable for classroom use; written introductions that frame each of the book's three main sections; and provided questions for discussion.



Questioning Gender By Robyn Ryle

Questioning Gender serves as a point-of-departure for productive conversations about gender, and as a resource for exploring answers to many of those questions.  Rather than providing definitive answers, this unique book exposes readers to some of the best scholarship in the field that will lead them to question many of their assumptions about what is normal and abnormal. The author uses both historical and cross-cultural approaches—as well as a focus on intersectionality and transgender issues—to help students understand the socially constructed nature of gender.


  ray_Book ImageThe Social Life of Gender By Raka Ray, Jennifer Carlson, and Abigail Andrews

This book provides a comprehensive approach to gender as an organizing social relation and presents a critical sociology based on the unique insights gleaned from the study of gender. The purpose of this book is both to raise questions about gender as an organizing social relation and develop students' capacity to use gender analysis to interrogate social life more broadly. Bold, concise and intellectually generative, this book is organized around a series of gender-focused questions that span culture, geopolitics, and political economy and that, together, provide students with a succinct, accessible and critical grasp on core debates in the sociology of gender.



The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns and Possibilities By Joan Spade and Catherine Valentine

Accessible, timely, and stimulating, this provocative anthology provides comprehensive discussion and analysis of the critical theories, research findings, and applications in gender studies. The metaphor of a kaleidoscope and three themes—prisms, patterns, and possibilities—unify topic areas throughout the book. Focusing on contemporary contributions to gender studies while incorporating frameworks and findings from the classical foundations of the field, this collection of creative and challenging articles by top scholars and activists—twenty new to this edition—explains how the complex, evolving patterns of gender are created and changed by people as they interact at individual, group, and institutional levels of life.


Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class

Race, Gender, Sexuality, & Social Class By Susan J. Ferguson

In this fully edited and streamlined Second Edition, Susan Ferguson has carefully selected readings that open readers’ eyes to the ways that social statuses shape our experiences and impact our life chances. The anthology represents many of the leading voices in the field and reflects the many approaches used by scholars and researchers to understand this important and evolving subject. The anthology is organized around broad topics (Identity, Power and Privilege, Social Institutions, etc.), rather than categories of difference (Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality) to underscore this fundamental insight: race, class, gender, and sexuality do not exist in isolation; they often intersect with one another to produce social inequalities and form the bases of our identities in society.


Special thanks are also due to Roan Coughtry for curating the resources for this site.