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Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Critical Inquiries (SUNY series in Integral Theory) Paperback – August 1, 2014
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"Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher have put together a fascinating, multi-layered look at the interface of Integral Theory and contemporary gender studies. These articles tackle significant issues, raise courageous questions, and further the conversation in valuable ways."
~Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga
"Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher have been extremely successful in creating a provocative volume that brings together a wide range of scholar-practitioners who are both critical and celebratory of what a more integral approach has to offer the contested and complex domain of sex, gender, and sexuality. This volume is a clarion call into an engaged critical inquiry that aims to both transform our philosophical maps and touch us personally."
~Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Ph.D., author of Integral Ecology, Founding Director of MetaIntegral
"Vanessa and Sarah do not fashion a particular integral perspective to be applied. Their anthology belies that possibility, which is paradoxically one of its successes. They demonstrate an Integral spirit to be fostered: namely, the spirit of genuine inquiry. The authors' integral embrace is not necessarily a comfortable one, but it is expansive and generous and bold."
~Willow Pearson, Psy.D. candidate, Founder of the Sex and Gender Studies Department at Integral Institute, alumni of Stanford University program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
About the Author
Sarah E. Nicholson teaches at the University of Western Sydney and the University of Notre Dame Australia. She is the author ofThe Evolutionary Journey of Woman: From the Goddess to Integral Feminism.
Vanessa D. Fisher is a Canadian writer, poet, and independent scholar who received the Award for Best Academic Research and Writing at the second biennial Integral Theory conference.
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Drawing together a broad range of compelling topics in the fields of sexuality and gender, Vanessa and Sarah have crafted a mosaic of integral perspectives, sometimes sharply conflicting and often compellingly complementary, including a history of the women’s movement, a challenge for the men’s movement, an inquiry into gay cultures, an evaluation of sexual harassment, interrogations of feminine essentialism and masculine bias, a window to artistic practice, and a vision of sex education. In the balance, Sarah and Vanessa do not fashion a particular Integral perspective to be applied. The anthology belies that possibility, which is paradoxically one of its successes. Rather, they demonstrate an Integral spirit to be fostered: Namely, the spirit of genuine inquiry that does not fail to look into less well understood and perhaps also less favored perspectives and yet does not flinch from holding up those considerations it most values for their depth of heart and mind. The authors’ integral embrace is not necessarily a comfortable one, but it is expansive and generous and bold. As readers—as practitioners, as academics, as critics—we are inspired and invited to the same courageous Integral endeavor that makes its own unique sound impression as we bring our own ears and our own voices to the conversation.
Willow Pearson, MFT, MT-BC, Psy.D. candidate
Integral Relational Therapeutic Arts
In this same regard too, Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher have masterfully collated a set of essays which together weave a thorough, yet comprehensive, vantage point through which readers will be afforded a foundation to pursue further study should they so choose. Likewise, and in an era where life’s complexity seems to at least appropriate (if not necessitate) co-creative relationships capable of successfully navigating the next twist or turn, “Integral Voices . . .” is sure to prove a valuable complement to one’s library.