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Book Reviews Sex Roles, Vol. 39, Nos. 1/2, 1998 Sexualities. Edited by Marny Hall. New York: Haworth, 1996, 119 pp., $14.95 (pape r). Sexual Orientation. Toward Biological Understanding. Edited by Lee Ellis and Linda Ebertz. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997, 276 pp., $65. (cloth). Usually when one reviews a pair of books, one seeks common themes be- tween the two and writes an integrative review. In this case, however, I had the xeperience ofreading a chapter on women and S/M culture in Hall s book, followe d by a chapte r on the neuroendocrine basis of sex change s in fish in Ellis and Ebertz s book and quickly concluded that the books did not lend themselves to an integrated review. Each is therefore conside red separate ly here. Marny Hall s volum e sreves up a smorgasbord of topics relating to sexuality and women. Some chapters are better than others and some are ’ “ ” outstanding. I especially liked Carol Queen s Women, S/M, and Therapy, which presents a positive view of women engaging in consensual S/M ac- tivitie s; the chapter provides a handy, inside r s view of the practices and culture and the author argue s that Sex Roles Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1998 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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