Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

A guide to research in women's, gender, and sexuality studies

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decorativeWelcome to the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Research Guide!

Here you find tips for finding resources in these subjects, as well as some suggested resources for your classes. 


From the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education:

Women's studies in the United States emerged as an interdisciplinary field of scholarly study in the 1960s and 1970s. As the field developed, courses and programs helped recover the suppressed or ignored contributions of women in all disciplines, foster and support new scholarly and creative works by and about women, expand understanding of women's diverse experiences across time and location, examine sexed and gendered socialization and systems of oppression, promote attention to the intersectionality of identities, and inform social justice activism. Although women were initially the primary focus, over time women's studies scholars and students have applied feminist theories to a wide range of topics, and engaged in the study of all sexes, genders, sexual orientations, and gender identities and performances

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From Gale's World of Sociology:

Gender Studies is a multidisciplinary approach to studying gender. It considers the nature of gender, its social construction, why and how gender is important in different cultures, and the ramifications of gender at the institutional and individual levels. Gender studies is related to, but different from, women's studies, which focuses on changing androcentric (male-biased) social institutions, particularly academia, to incorporate the contributions and experiences of women. Gender studies looks at the problematic nature of gender as a theoretical and methodological concept.

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From the Encyclopedia of Education Psychology:

Gender identity is commonly defined as an individual’s sense of being a male or a female. For many, gender identities are aligned with physical sex characteristics including hormones, chromosomes, genitalia, and secondary sex characteristics, as well as with sex assignment and gender roles. For others, gender identities do not match one or more sex or gender traits.

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From the Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology:

Sexual identity (LGBTQI) encompasses a person's identification with his or her sexuality and sexual orientation. Orientation refers to the gender to which an individual is emotionally (romantically) and physically (sexually) attracted. The acronym LGBTQI refers to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersexed community.

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