The New (Essentialist) Sexual Fluidity

The New (Essentialist) Sexual Fluidity Sex Roles (2009) 61:130–132 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9570-8 BOOK REVIEW Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire. By Lisa M. Diamond, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 2008. 333 pp. $27.95 (hardcover). ISBN-10: 0674026241 C. Lynn Carr Published online: 27 January 2009 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009 Ever since Kinsey et al.’s(1948) emphasis on variable sexual flexibility in... sexual responsiveness” (3). Although she behavior over static sexual identity, social scientists have maintains that sexual orientations are affected by culture been picking away at the rigid essentialism in popular and and situation, Diamond argues for a biological basis to many scientific conceptualizations of sexual orientation. deep-seated gender differences. In so doing, she places Social constructionists outlined the cultural variability and herself “among the growing number of social scientists who social malleability of the sexual (e.g., Gagnon and Simon view sexual feelings and experiences as simultaneously 1974;Herdt 1997; Plummer 1995). Researchers and theorists embedded in both physical–biological and sociocultural described the tendencies of sexual behaviors, experiences, contexts” (22). and identities to overflow the conceptual categories supposed Following definitions and a “brief history of sexual to contain them (e.g., D’Emilio and Freedman 1988; fluidity,” Diamond provides a review of biological research Faderman 1991). Sex Roles Springer Journals

The New (Essentialist) Sexual Fluidity

Sex Roles , Volume 61 (2) – Jan 27, 2009

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