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Gender and Sexuality: Online Bibliographies and Databases

Sometimes Google Scholar is wonderfully useful for finding out obscure tidbits of information about people's freaky sexualities. But sometimes a more focused search is required (and less likely to turn up unpleasant results -- Google with safesearch off can be a hair-raising experience). Here's some databases and bibliographies. Please feel free to edit this page and add more. 

Bibliographies and Databases

Dictionary of Sexual Terms

The Language of Love, Lust, Sex and All the Many-Splendored Things in Between in Teenspeak - Jockspeak - Menglish - Slanglish - Spanglish - Gaylese - Americanese - Britspeak - Ozslang - Funetic Populo-Vulgar Speech - T-Shirt & Net Shorthand Pompo-Verbosity & other Figurative Lingos

SexBiblio: Bibliography of the History of Western Sexuality

The 3rd Edition of SEXBIBLIO was finished in February 2008. It contains about 25.300 titles of the non-belletristic primary and secondary literature of the history of sexuality in Europe, the U.S. and Canada from 1700 to 2007/8. Beyond this the database offers important titles of the sexual history of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, including non-Western societies. In the new edition you can also search for bibliographies and resources in the internet.

Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World

Diotima serves as an interdisciplinary resource for anyone interested in patterns of gender around the ancient Mediterranean and as a forum for collaboration among instructors who teach courses about women and gender in the ancient world. This site includes course materials, the beginnings of a systematic and searchable bibliography, and links to many on-line resources, including articles, book reviews, databases, and images. Ross Scaife and Suzanne Bonefas launched this project in early 1995; since that time it has been developed mainly by Scaife, but with help and contributions from many quarters.

Selected Kinsey Institute Bibliographies

Included here are links to bibliographies compiled by The Kinsey Institute, as well as links to other bibliographies by researchers, health professionals, and librarians in areas for which we receive frequent inquiries.

The Feminist Theory Website

The Feminist Theory Website provides research materials and information for students, activists, and scholars interested in women's conditions and struggles around the world. The goals of this website are: 1) to encourage a wide range of research into feminist theory, and 2) to encourage dialogue between women (and men) from different countries around the world. Hopefully, this will result in new connections, new ideas, and new information about feminist theory and women's movements.

Michael Goodyear's Research Links 

-Despite a painfully user-unfriendly page design, Goodyear's links on women's health, marginalization, sex work, and research ethics contain an abundance of useful information.

The Big List of Porn [very obviously nsfw]

95% of porn sites are crap. Many of them try to trick you into going to other equally crappy sites (skimming traffic), some have adware, malware, and viruses. Tblop lists the other 5%. All sites listed on TBLOP have been reviewed and ranked by overall quality/trust. 

-I didn't click through, so I don't know if the site's claims to safe surfing are legitimate, but it does link to a number of free 'YouTube'-style sites that I know to be safe, and a bunch of porn search engines that look neat. Most of the direct links to porn appear to be to hetero male-oriented sites, and the titles inspire me to include a tip with this summary: grown men don't say "boobies." 

List of Web 2.0 Porn Sites [see above re: nsfw]

-a list of websites that combine the social functions of web 2.0 with pornography.

National Sexuality Resource Centre

-papers and other resources sorted by topic (e.g. "sex and disability") 

Charles L. Dreveskracht's Prostitution Resources

-a whole lot of links to things about prostitution on the internet. Also, if you go up one level, a whole lot of evidence that 1) anitmated .gifs should be banned and 2) most academics are not qualified to do their own web design.


The website on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and, yes, heterosexual U.S. history that anyone with data and sources can edit

Top Documentaries: Sexuality

- There is a list of 36 documentaries on sexuality that you can watch online, about halfway down the page on the right.

JackinWorld: The Ultimate Male Masturbation Resource

- You probably have to be just the right kind of nerdy to appreciate how cool this site is, but it is so cool. A wealth of sex-positive, body-positive information on male masturbation, and most of the pages feature comments and user ratings, so you can get an idea of how the information was received. 

Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality: Links and Resources

-Lists for "Archives and History Projects," "Bibliographies, Chronologies, and Research Guides," and "Sites on Specific Historical Topics." Lots of Canadian content, much of it looks very interesting.

Bibliography on the History of Sexuality in Canada

A non-exhaustive, good place to begin research. If you have additional books or articles on the history of sexuality in Canada, send complete citations to


Youtube Channels (Canada)

("Excerpts" from Youtube channels are the first video showing on the channel at the time accessed -- I haven't watched them through to see if they are good.)


Nina Arsenault


Youtube Channels (US and International)

Dan Savage

Women Make Movies


Research Guides (mostly designed for undergraduate students)

AU Library Guide to Researching Topics in Women's Studies

University of British Columbia Library Research Guides: Sexuality and Gender Studies

Carleton University Library Sexuality Studies Research Guide

University of Wisconsin - Madison Undergraduate Research Guides

New York University Libraries Gender and Sexuality Research Guide

University of Minnesota Health Science Libraries Human Sexuality Research Portal

Cornell University Library | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: A Research Guide

Vanderbilt University Library Resources for Women's Studies


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