Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Critical Inquiries

Edited by Sarah E. Nicholson & Vanessa D. Fisher

Subjects: Transpersonal Psychology, Men's Studies, Integral Theory, Gender Studies
Series: SUNY series in Integral Theory
Paperback : 9781438452180, 328 pages, August 2014
Hardcover : 9781438452197, 328 pages, August 2014

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Developing a Critical Integral Praxis for Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
Vanessa D. Fisher and Sarah E. Nicholson
1. Defining Woman: From First Wave to Integral Feminism
Sarah E. Nicholson

2. (Are) Men Tragically Hopeless(?): A Critical Integralist’s Perspective
R. Michael Fisher

3. A Deep Integral View on the Future of Gender
Elizabeth Debold
4. The Mysterious Fate of Homosexuality
Gilles Herrada
5 An Integral Map of Sexual Identity
Terry H. Hildebrandt
6. Gender Issues without Men: An Oxymoron?
Warren Farrell and Ken Wilber
7. Feminine, Masculine, Female, and Male in the Integral Space
Rebecca A. Bailin
8. Integral Spirituality or Masculine Spirituality?
Joseph Gelfer
9. Led by the Spirit of Art: A Spiritual Feminist Arts-Based Inquiry
Barbara Bickel
10. Evolving Our Approach to Sexual Harassment: A New Role for Women
Vanessa D. Fisher and Diane Musho Hamilton
11. An Integral Approach to Sexuality Education
Michele Eliason and John P. Elia
List of Contributors

Brings the insights of Integral Theory to the consideration of sex, gender, and sexuality.


This volume takes a unique approach to the question of what it is to be a gendered, sexual self in a postmodern world, offering insights informed by the Integral paradigm of theory and practice. With the inquiry into sex, gender, and sexuality having become so broad and diverse within both academia and popular culture, the Integral approach can help sift through and make sense of the cacophony of theories and agendas that seek to stake their ground in this collective conversation. Informed by the work of thinkers such as Sri Aurobindo, Gregory Bateson, Jean Gebser, Ervin Laszlo, and, most directly, Ken Wilber, the Integral approach acknowledges and works with multiple and contradictory experiences, theories, and realities. Dealing with a variety of topics, including feminism, the men's movement, sexual identity, queer history, and spirituality, the work's contributors speak from across the spectrum of personal and political backgrounds, academic and practitioner orientations, and male and female perspectives. The combination of voices aims to bring forward a more complex and integrated understanding of what it means to be woman, man, human.

Sarah E. Nicholson teaches at the University of Western Sydney and the University of Notre Dame Australia. She is the author of The 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.


"Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher have put together a fascinating, multilayered 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