Sexuality, gender and society

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Issues of sexuality and gender touch upon all people’s lives, albeit in different ways. Cultural norms and social institutions — from religion, socioeconomic status, and education, to mass media, popular culture, and the law — all shape and influence our perspectives and lived experiences in regard to sexuality and gender. The prevalence of discussion on a range of often hotly debated issues — including reproductive rights, sex education, same-sex marriage, pornography, sex work, gender equality, and self ID — demonstrates that issues of sexuality and gender, while deeply personal, are simultaneously profoundly social in nature. This collection invites theoretical and empirical research that explores themes related to all aspects of human sexuality and/or gender as viewed in the societal context. Scholarship is welcomed from all areas of the social and behavioural sciences, as well as interdisciplinary areas. Research that reflects on policy making is also welcomed.

Contributions are invited on key themes, including but not limited to:

  • Abortion, contraception, nonmarital births
  • Art, culture, literature, and media studies
  • Body image
  • Conflict, violence, security, and peace building
  • Equality and inequality
  • Femininities and masculinities
  • Feminist, queer, and trans perspectives
  • Gender and sub/cultures
  • Gender roles, identities, discourses, performances, and structures
  • Gender/sexuality and economy
  • Gender/sexuality and education
  • Gender/sexuality at work, at home, in relationships, and in public life
  • Healthcare and ageing
  • Imperialism and globalisation
  • Law, policy, and citizenship
  • Mating, dating, and relationships
  • Migration studies (refugees, displaced people)
  • Persecution, exploitation, discimination, and exclusion
  • Politics and sexuality/gender (including participation and activism)
  • Race, class, sexuality, disability
  • Religious belief and faith systems
  • Reproductive justice and rights
  • Same-sex and heterosexual marriage
  • Socio-cultural influences and perspectives

This Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 5 and SDG 10.

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