References & Recommended Reading

The Sexualitree did not manifest out of nothingness. It grew from the seed of an idea Karen and Sam had to create a model that filled a gap they saw existing amongst and between the models we’ve all been influenced by. Serving not as a replacement, but as a complement, to much of the work, writing, and theory that’s been around for quite awhile.

On this page are some references, recommended reading, and other resources. These are things that have informed the model, or that we think are helpful learning for anyone who is using the Sexualitree to teach others. Read and enjoy!

  • Circles of Sexuality Model, by Dr. Dennis Dailey – There are tons of versions of this around the web (just Google), and it originated in a paper called “Sexual expression and aging” in 1981. (Read this Scarleteen write-up by Heather Corinna for a good look at the model).
  • Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan G. Johnson – Described by the publisher as being “written in an accessible, conversational style, it links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it.” It’s a great book for understanding the implications of identity as they relate to power, and for understanding why in creating The Sexualitree model we don’t assume a monolithic experience.
  • Scarleteen – Too many resources, essays, and insight to list, but this is a go-to website for insight, questions answered, and accurate information.
  • Social Ecological Model from Bronfenbrenner and lots of other folks – This is the basis for the thinking behind the different levels of sexuality in the Sexualitree, and the work from the Chicago school helps to create lenses through which many sexual health and social change issues can be viewed.