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Human Sexuality : Diversity in Contemporary America,9780767421706
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Human Sexuality : Diversity in Contemporary America

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This is the 4th edition with a publication date of 7/16/2001.
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This non-judgmental introduction to human sexuality features integration of ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual orientation differences and similarities. The text maintains a psychosocial approach, but provides a balanced treatment of the biological, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and historical aspects of human sexuality.

Table of Contents

1. Perspectives on Human Sexuality / Sexuality, Popular Culture, and the Media / Sexuality across Cultures and Times / Societal Norms and Sexuality

2. Studying Human Sexuality / Sex, Advice Columnists, and Pop Psychology / Thinking Critically about Sex / Sex Research Methods / The Sex Researchers / Contemporary Research Studies / Emerging Research Perspectives / Ethnicity and Sexuality

3. Female Sexual Anatomy, Physiology, and Response / Female Sex Organs: What Are They For? / Female Sexual Physiology / Female Sexual Response

4. Male Sexual Anatomy, Physiology, and Response / Male Sexual Organs: What Are They For? / Male Sexual Physiology / Male Sexual Response

5. Gender and Gender Roles / Studying Gender and Gender Roles / Gender Role Learning / Contemporary Gender Roles / When Gender Is Ambiguous: Intersexuality, Transsexuality, and Transgenderism

6. Sexuality Over the Life Span / Sexuality in Infancy and Childhood / Sexuality in Adolescence / Sexuality in Early Adulthood / Sexuality in Middle Adulthood / Sexuality in Late Adulthood

7. Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality / Love and Sexuality / How Do I Love Thee? Approaches and Attitudes Related to Love / Unrequited Love / Jealousy / The Transformation of Love: The Role of Commitment

8. Communicating about Sex / The Nature of Communication / Sexual Communication / Developing Communication Skills / Conflict and Intimacy

9. Sexual Expression / Sexual Attractiveness / Sexual Scripts / Autoeroticism / Interpersonal Sexuality

10. Atypical and Paraphilic Sexual Behavior / Atypical Versus Paraphilic Behavior / Noncoercive Paraphilias / Coercive Paraphilias / Origins and Treatment of Paraphilias

11. Contraception and Birth Control / Risk and Responsibility / Methods of Contraception and Birth Control / Abortion

12. Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth / Fertilization and Fetal Development / Being Pregnant / Infertility / Giving Birth / Becoming a Parent

13. The Sexual Body in Health and Illness / Living in Our Bodies: The Quest for Physical Perfection / Alcohol, Drugs, and Sexuality / Sexuality and Aging / Sexuality and Disability / Sexuality and Cancer / Other Sexual Health Issues

14. Sexual Enhancement and Therapy / Sexual Enhancement / Sexual Disorders and Dysfunctions / Physical Causes of Sexual Dysfunctions / Psychological Causes of Sexual Dysfunctions / Treating Sexual Problems

15. Sexually Transmitted Diseases / X-rated Diseases: The Psychological Impact of Stds / The Std Epidemic / Principal Stds / Stds and Women / Preventing Std

16. HIV and AIDS / What is AIDS? / Epidemiology and Transmission of HIV / AIDS Demographics / Prevention and Treatment / Living with HIV or AIDS

17. Sexual Coercion: Harassment, Aggression, and Abuse / Sexual Harassment / Anti-Gay/Lesbian Harassment, Prejudice, and Discrimination / Sexual Aggression / Child Sexual Abuse

18. Commercial Sex: Sexually Oriented Material and Prostitution / Sexually Oriented Material in Contemporary America / Prostitution*Each chapter includes: Summary, The Internet and Sexuality, and Suggested Readings

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