INTELLECTUAL GATHERINGS THAT DEAL PRIMARILY WITH THEORIZING about sex have become increasingly frequent over the last decade. Often, theorizing is treated as a form of dilettantism by those of a more practical or empirical bent. Yet even those who pride themselves on their practicality and their lack of theory usually have many theories-one for each occasion on which they act. Theory is not a superfluous distraction, but a necessity. It is the problem-identifier and the information-interpreter in the research process. Without it there is no way to explain the facts. This is especially true during a period of paradigm shift, when there is not only a methodological crisis, but an epistemiological crisis in a field. This is such a time in the human sciences-a time of epistemological doubt, when the issues are not solely how do you know or what do you know, but whether you can know.