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Is love "blind" when it comes to gender? For women, it just might be. This unsettling and original book offers a radical new understanding of the context-dependent nature of female sexuality. Lisa M. Diamond argues that for some women, love and desire are not rigidly heterosexual or homosexual but fluid, changing as women move through the stages of life, various social groups, and, most important, different love relationships. This perspective clashes with traditional views of sexual orientation as a stable and fixed trait. But that view is based on research conducted almost entirely on men. Diamond is the first to study a large group of women over time. She has tracked one hundred women for more than ten years as they have emerged from adolescence into adulthood. She summarizes their experiences and reviews research ranging from the psychology of love to the biology of sex differences. Sexual Fluidity offers moving first-person accounts of women falling in and out of love with men or women at different times in their lives. For some, gender becomes irrelevant: "I fall in love with the person, not the gender," say some respondents. Sexual Fluidity offers a new understanding of women's sexuality--and of the central importance of love.

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Is love "blind" when it comes to gender? For women, it just might be. This original book offers a radical new understanding of the context-dependent nature of female sexuality. Lisa M. Diamond argues that for some women, love and desire are not rigidly heterosexual or homosexual but fluid, changing as women move through the stages of life, various social groups, and, most important, different love relationships.

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2010 International Association for Relationship Research Book Award

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2009 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Distinguished Book Award, Division 44 of the American Psychological Association

About the Author

Lisa M. Diamond is Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah.

University of Utah, Department of Psychology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Will the Real Lesbians Please Stand Up?
  • 2. Gender Differences in Same-Sex Sexuality
  • 3. Sexual Fluidity in Action
  • 4. Nonexclusive Attractions and Behaviors
  • 5. Change in Sexual Attractions
  • 6. Attractions to “the Person, Not the Gender”
  • 7. How Does Fluidity Work?
  • 8. Implications of Female Sexual Fluidity
  • References
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674032262
Author:
Diamond, Lisa M
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Diamond, Lisa M.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Developmental - Lifespan Development
Subject:
Bisexuality
Subject:
Women -- Sexual behavior.
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Psychology-Developmental - Lifespan Development
Subject:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Is love "blind" when it comes to gender? For women, it just might be. This original book offers a radical new understanding of the context-dependent nature of female sexuality. Lisa M. Diamond argues that for some women, love and desire are not rigidly heterosexual or homosexual but fluid, changing as women move through the stages of life, various social groups, and, most important, different love relationships.
"Synopsis" by , 2010 International Association for Relationship Research Book Award
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