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NMSU sociologist pens book about sex, love and commitment

"Feeling special" matters more to people than relationship exclusivity, according to a new book by New Mexico State University sociologist Kassia Wosick. "Sex, Love, and Fidelity: A Study of Contemporary Romantic Relationships," is an exploration of sex, love and commitment as seen though a modern sociological lens.


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'Sex, Love, and Fidelity: A Study of Contemporary Romantic Relationships,' written by New Mexico State sociologist Kassia Wosick, is an exploration of sex, love and commitment as seen through a sociological lens. (Submitted image)
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Kassia Wosick, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, examines the meaning, significance and practice of fidelity in monogamous, nonmonogamous and polyamorous relationships in her first book titled, 'Sex, Love, and Fidelity: A Study of Contemporary Romantic Relationships.' (Submitted photo)

"It really makes a contribution to several academic fields while being approachable for the general reader," said Wosick, assistant professor and director of graduate students in the sociology department. "I think the book really challenges us all, regardless of relationship type, to think about what loyalty and commitment mean in our intimate lives."

Wosick teaches courses on sexualities, social inequalities, social psychology and intimate relationships in the College of Arts and Sciences. In the book, published by Cambria Press in 2012, she examines the meaning, significance and practice of fidelity in monogamous, nonmonogamous and polyamorous relationships, using data from more than 2,000 surveys and 70 interviews.

"Many of the interviewees felt special when they shared certain activities, feelings and experiences with only one other person," Wosick said. "For some, it meant going to the movies, for others it meant being in love with only that partner. Feeling special is important because it shows us that we're important."

This is Wosick's first book. She said it was a four-year large-scale study on the various types of fidelity that inspired her to write it.

"There are a myriad of relationship books on today's market, but this is the first to discuss fidelity in terms of monogamy, nonmonogamy and polyamory while including heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual experiences," Wosick said.

Wosick joined NMSU in 2008. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She is currently working on a second book, "'Pinking' the Sex Industry: Women, Sex Toys and the Home Party Plan Economy," which discusses women as consumers in the sex industry.

"Sex, Love, and Fidelity: A Study of Contemporary Romantic Relationships" is available in both electronic or hardcopy format. For more information, or to purchase the book, visit the publisher's website at http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=25&bid=538.