Did you hear about the girl who--? : contemporary legends, folklore, and human sexuality / Mariamne H. Whatley and Elissa R. Henken
- 1. Yes, We Are Folk and We Do Have Folklore 1 -- 2. Contraceptive Jelly on Toast and Other Unintended Consequences of Sexuality Education 17 -- 3. You Can't Get Pregnant Your Very First Time: Understandings of Fertility and Birth Control in Folk Beliefs 24 -- 4. Lesbians Don't Have Periods and Other Menstrual Folklore 43 -- 5. Tiny Gift-Wrapped Coffin: Addressing Fears of AIDS 67 -- 6. Of Gerbils and Stomach Pumps: Homophobia in Legends 91 -- 7. Peanut Butter Surprise: Fear and Loathing of Women's Sexuality 114 -- 8. Frat Boy's Sister and the Chat Room Date: Incest, Accidental and Otherwise 143 -- 9. Stolen Kidney, Leaping Crabs, and Other Dangers of Sexuality 159 -- 10. I Don't Believe This but My Friends Do: Using Folklore in Sexuality Education 182.
- "Ever hear the one about the man who wakes up after a chance sexual encounter to discover he's been involuntarily relieved of one of his kidneys? Or the tiny gift-wrapped box from a recently departed lover that reveals a horrible secret? Everyone knows contemporary legends, those bizarre cautionary tales often told as though they happened to a friend of a friend. Whether we believe them or dismiss them, we share them with others, and these ironic stories tell us quite a bit about our deepest fears and values."
"Mariamne H. Whatley and Elissa R. Henken have collected hundreds of sexually themed stories and jokes from college students in order to tell us what they reveal about our sexual attitudes and show us how they have changed over time. They confront common beliefs and stereotypes about sexual behavior and use folklore as a tool to educate students about sexual health and gender relations. Whether analyzing popular rumors about celebrity emergency room visits or the latest schoolyard jokes, Did You Hear About the Girl Who ...? presents these tales in a way that is intriguing and educational."--Jacket.
- 0814793223 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780814793220 (cloth : alk. paper)
0814793231 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780814793237 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-204) and index.
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