Seeing Straight introduces students to key concepts in gender and sexuality through the lens of privilege and power. After an accessible overview, the book asks students to examine the privilege inherent in approaching heterosexual and cisgender identities as rmal, as well as the problems of treating queer gender and sexuality as abrmal. Compelling real-life examples illustrate theory and empirical research, revealing phemena that shape t only students' own lives, but also their communities, their country, and the field of gender studies itself. The book addresses tough topics like hate, violence, and privilege, and it also considers institutionalized heterormativity through the military, law, religion, and more. The book ends with a chapter called It's Getting Better that presents evidence for queer hope and courage. Filled with compelling true stories, this book is an ideal introduction to gender and sexuality that encourages students to question their own assumptions.
Jean Halley is associate professor of sociology at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. She served as the advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance while at Wagner College and has taught extensively in women's, gender, and sexuality studies. She is the author of several books, including Boundaries of Touch: Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy and The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets. Amy Eshleman is professor of psychology at Wagner College, where she regularly teaches courses on gender, sexuality, race, social class, and prejudice. Together, Jean Halley and Amy Eshleman are the authors of Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race, with Ramya Mahadevan Vijaya.