Lectures on the Psychology of Women:  by Joan C. Chrisler, Carla  Golden, Patricia D. Rozee
417 pages, $46.95 list
1-4786-0200-7
978-1-4786-0200-2
Lectures on the Psychology of Women
Fourth Edition
Designed as a supplement in courses on the psychology of women, the psychology of gender, and gender-role development, this collection of short, accessible lectures, written by experienced and committed teachers, spotlights topics that often receive less in-depth coverage in core textbooks. While topically arranged to align with standard texts, each “favorite lecture” stands alone: essentially instructors can assign the readings to meet their own course needs. Among the student-friendly features are the informal writing styles, with each author speaking directly to the reader; questions and ideas that encourage critical thinking; and biographical statements and photographs that introduce each contributor. The authors represent a variety of personal backgrounds and experiences, but they believe in the importance of gender equality. To that point, the book addresses common feminist themes, including the social construction of gender, power, the value of diversity, inclusive language, the global status of women, and the value of social activism.
Table of Contents
I. STATUS OF WOMEN

1. Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality: From Biological Difference to Institutionalized Androcentrism (Sandra Lipsitz Bem)
2. Who's In and Who's Out: The Results of Oppression (Ruth S. Ostenson)
3. Poor Women in a Wealthy Nation (Deborah Belle)
4. Sex Discrimination at Work (Faye J. Crosby)
5. Feminist Perspectives on the Personal and Political Aspects of Mothering (Diane M. Hall)
6. Gender Socialization, Or How Long a Way Has Baby Come? (Susan Basow)

II. WOMEN'S BODIES

7. Sweating It Out: The Good News and the Bad News about Women and Sport (Ruth L. Hall)
8. Women, Weight, and Body Image (Christine A. Smith)
9. The Intersexed and the Transgendered: Rethinking Sex/Gender (Carla Golden)
10. PMS as a Culture-Bound Syndrome (Joan C. Chrisler)
11. Understanding Emotional Responses after Abortion (Nancy Felipe Russo)
12. Women with Disabilities (Rhoda Olkin)
13. The Health Risks of Being Black, Latina, Woman, and/or Poor: Redefining Women's Health within the Context of Social Inequality (Lisa Bowleg)

III. DIVERSITY OF WOMEN

14. Asian American Women and Adolescent Girls: Sexuality and Sexual Expression (Connie S. Chan)
15. Life as a Lesbian: What Does Gender Have to Do with It? (Linda D. Garnets)
16. Gender Issues among Latinas (Donna Castañeda)
17. Triple Jeopardy in the Lives of Biracial Black/White Women (Angela R. Gillem)
18. Mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire, and Their Homegirls: Developing an "Oppositional Gaze" toward the Images of Black Women (Carolyn M. West)
19. Crossing the Color Line in Women's Friendships (Suzanna M. Rose)

IV. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

20. Women's Fear of Rape: Cause, Consequences, and Coping (Patricia D. Rozee)
21. Women and Pornography: What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us (Britain A. Scott)
22. Battered Women: Why Don't They Just Leave? (Geraldine B. Stahly)

V. WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH

23. Positive Aging for Women (Mary Gergen)
24. A Feminist Approach to Agoraphobia: Challenging Traditional Views of Women at Home (Maureen C. McHugh)