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FG228 Human Sexual Behavior: Getting Started

A Feminist and Gender Studies interdisciplinary approach to sexuality

Get Your Laws Off Our Bodies

WELCOME to the Human Sexual Behavior research guide!  Use the tabs above to find databases, books, journals, as well as links to organizations and websites.  Can't find the resources you need?  Please contact Mimi Wheatwind.


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Getting Started: What do I research?

Sometimes deciding what to research can be very difficult!    Researching sexuality topics can pose a few additional difficulties.  Some people get nervous discussing intimate topics.   Sometimes the research is for personal information, but often it is for the sake of interest.  

In general, the research process is most rewarding when we are learning something new and different.  As with anything,  don't hesitate to ask questions.  A principle of librarianship is to answer topics and questions without judgment.

If you are having trouble finding a topic, there are a few sites that offer a lot of information on sexuality issues.   You can look at these sites and brainstorm topics.

Kinsey Institute

American Psychological Association Sexuality Topic page

Planned Parenthood Health Topics

Possible Research Topics

Here are some suggestions on topics for your research paper or presentation.  Research will help you to gain some understanding of different issues.  

  • Same-sex marriage   (Legal aspects, State vs. Federal Law, Proposition 8)
  • History of Birth Control  (History of the Birth Control Pill,  History of Planned Parenthood)
  • Asexuality
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Pornography 
  • Transgendered Children
  • Gender Identity
  • Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal or any other sex scandal
  • Third Gender
  • Androgyny
  • Female Genital Circumcision
  • Menopause
  • Virginity
  • Rape in the military   (All genders,  female or male)
  • Teen Pregnancy  (Trends in the past 20 years,  Effects of Abstinence Education)
  • Late-Term Abortion (factual)
  • Pedophilia (Treatment programs for Perpetrators,  Psychology of pedophilia)
  • STI's
  • HIV/AIDS  (History of the disease,  Differences in treatment outcomes through out the world)
  • Surrogacy
  • Grandparents raising Grandchildren 

In all of these topics, you want to strive to find resources that are neutral.  

Key Resources

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