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Alyson K. Spurgas
is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's & Gender Studies at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. She has been involved with feminist organizing, research, and community-based sexual health education for the last fifteen years in Baltimore, Washington D.C., New York City, and now in St. Louis. She is currently working on a book on histories of sex therapy and the psychiatric study of sexual desire, with a specific focus on discourses about gender that are produced therein, and how those ideas affect people's sexual interactions.