What They’re Reading: Brian Dodge

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Book recommendations from experts in the fields of sexuality, gender, health, science and relationships.

Brian Dodge

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Brian Dodge recommends John Irving's "In One Person: A Novel"

“In his 13th book, In One Person: A Novel, John Irving makes a serious attempt at breaking down the binary boundaries that make “black and white” out of our world that is made up of infinite shades of gray in reality. He makes the case for genuine sexual liberty, not just tolerance within the context of relationships that reinforce the hetero-normative confines that have dominated our ‘sexually naïve country’ for centuries.”

“The beautifully written book makes complex characters and relationships accessible to all readers without sacrificing any of their uniqueness. In particular, it’s a must-read for bisexual and transgender individuals who have all too often been bullied and pigeonholed into socially constructed boxes that do not fully represent the depth of their genders and  sexualities … and who have sadly, until now, felt alone in their experience of such trauma from both heterosexual and homosexual peers.”

Brian Dodge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science and Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University.

Jennifer Bass (M.P.H.)

is Director of Communications at The Kinsey Institute and founder of Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students, now Kinsey Confidential.
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