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Discovering Human Sexuality

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ISBN-10: 0878934219

ISBN-13: 9780878934218

Edition: 2008

Authors: Simon LeVay, Janice I. Baldwin, John D. Baldwin

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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 3.432
Language: English

Perspectives On Sexuality
Why Study Human Sexuality?
Researchers Take Diverse Approaches to the Study of Sexuality
Sex-Education Faces Significant Obstacles
Women's Bodies
A Woman's Vulva Includes Her Mons, Labia, Vaginal Opening, and Clitoris
The Vagina Is the Outermost Portion of the Female Reproductive Tract
The Anus Can Also Be a Sex Organ
The Uterus Serves a Double Duty
The Oviducts Are the Site of Fertilization
The Ovaries Produce Ova and Sex Hormones
Menstruation Is a Biological Process with Cultural and Practical Aspects
Menstrual Problems Are Common But Treatable
Sex Steroids Have Other Effects
The Breasts Have Both Erotic and Reproductive Significance
Men's Bodies
The Male External Genitalia Are the Penis and Scrotum
Penile Erection Involves Nerves, Blood, and Chemistry
The Testicles Produce Sperm and Sex Hormones
Nudity Is Culturally Regulated
Sex And Gender Differences
Genes and Hormones Guide Sex Development
Sex Development May Go Awry
Gender Is a Central Aspect of Personhood
Biological Factors Influence Gender
Experiments Demonstrate a Role for Sex Hormones
Life Experiences Influence Gender
Gender Development Involves Complex Interactions
Transgendered People Cross Society's Deepest Divide
Attraction, Arousal, And Response
Sexual Attraction: It Takes Two
Attractiveness Involves Senses Besides Vision
Sexual Arousal Has Multiple Roots
Sexual Arousal Follows a Response Cycle
Sexual Behavior
People Have Differing Ideas about What Constitutes Sexual Behavior
Masturbation Is a Very Common Form of Sexual Expression
The Kiss Represents True Love—Sometimes
'Petting' and 'Fondling' Refer to a Variety of Noncoital Behaviors
Oral Sex Is Increasingly Popular
Most Sexual Encounters Include Coitus
Anal Sex May Be a Part of Either Heterosexual or Male Homosexual Behavior
Men and Women May Have Different Preferences for Sexual Encounters
Sex Toys Are Used to Enhance Sexual Pleasure
Some Cultures Have Discussed Sexual Behavior More Openly than Others
Many Disabled People Have Active Sex Lives�
Sexual Relationships
Sexual Relationships Are Motivated by Many Factors
Religion and the Law Influence Sexual Morality
Moral Judgments about Sex Depend on Its Context
Americans' Attitudes Have Changed over Time
Casual Sex Has More Appeal to Men than to Women
Dating Relationships Are Often Short-Lived
Love Cements Many Sexual Relationships
Unrequited Love Is Painful for Both Parties
Life Experiences Mold Our Sexual Relationships
Couples in Relationships Resemble Each Other
Communication Is a Key Factor in the Success of Relationships
Love, Jealousy, and Infidelity Are Intertwined
Extra-Pair Relationships Have Many Styles and Motivations�
Fertility, Pregnancy, And Childbirth
Pregnancy and Childbirth Raise Major Health Concerns
Pregnancy Is Confirmed by Hormonal Tests
The Likelihood of Achieving Pregnancy Can Be Maximized by Tracking Ovulation
Infertility Can Result from Problems in the Woman or in the Man
Many Embryos Do Not Survive
Pregnancy Is Conventionally Divided into Three Trimesters
The Second Trimester Is the Easiest
The Third Trimester Is a Time of Preparation
Labor Has Three Stages
The Period after Birth Places Many Demands on Parents
Breast-Feeding Is the Preferred Method of Nourishing the Infant�
Contraception And Abortion
Birth Control Has a Long History
Different Users Have Different Contraceptive Needs
Physical Methods Block Sperm Transport
Hormone-Based Methods Are Easy to Use
Hormones Can Be Administered by Non-Oral Routes
Behavioral Methods Are Demanding
There Are Contraceptive Options after Unprotected Coitus
Sterilization Is Highly Reliable
Disabled Persons Have Special Contraceptive Needs
Several Safe Abortion Procedures Are Available
Americans Are Divided on Abortion, but Most Favor Restricted Availability
Sexuality Across The Lifespan: From Birth To Adolescence
Is Childhood a Period of Sexual Innocence?
Some Children Have Sexual Contact with Adults
Preadolescence May Be Marked by an Increase in Sexual Interest
Adolescence Is a Time of Sexual Exploration
Teen Sexuality Is Central to Identity Development�
Sexuality Across The Lifespan: Adulthood
In Young Adulthood, Conflicting Demands Moderate Sexual Expression
Cohabitation Is an Increasingly Prevalent Lifestyle
Marriage Takes Diverse Forms
The Institution of Marriage Is Evolving
Most Married Couples Are Satisfied with Their Sex Lives
Many Factors Bring Relationships to an End
Marital Disruption Can Have Negative and Positive Consequences
Menopause Marks Women's Transition to Infertility
Men's Fertility Declines Gradually with Age
The Sex Lives of Old People Have Traditionally Been Ignored�
Sexual Orientation
There Is a Spectrum of Sexual Orientations
Sexual Orientation Is Not an Isolated Trait
Diverse Theories Attempt to Explain Sexual Orientation
The Gay Community Has Struggled for Equal Rights
Growing Up Gay Presents Challenges
Gay Sex Has Its Own Style
Changing Sexual Orientation Is Difficult or Impossible
Homophobia Has Multiple Roots
Bisexuals Are Caught between Two Worlds�
Atypical Sexuality
Sexual Variety Is the Spice of Life
'Paraphilia' Is the Psychiatric Term for Problematic Sexual Desire or Behavior
Some Adults Desire Sexual Contact with Children
Sex Offenders Do Not Necessarily Repeat Their Offenses
There Are Numerous Theories of Paraphilia
Theories of Causation Have Suggested a Variety of Treatments�
Sexual Disorders
The Prevalence of Sexual Disorders Is Controversial
Erectile Dysfunction Has Many Causes and Treatments
Premature Ejaculation Is Men's Number One Sex Problem
Delayed Ejaculation Can Be a Side Effect of Several Drugs
Sexual Pain Is Uncommon in Men
Female Sexual Arousal Disorder Involves Insufficient Genital Response
There Are Many Reasons for Sexual Pain in Women
Difficulty in Reaching Orgasm Is Very Common among Women
Too Much Interest in Sex Can Cause Problems
Lack of Desire for Sex Is Not Necessarily a Problem�
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Venereal Diseases Were Seen as Punishment for Sexual License
STDs Are Still a Major Problem in the United States
Insects Are More of an Annoyance than a Danger
Trichomoniasis Is Caused by a Protozoan
Bacterial STDs Can Usually Be Treated with Antibiotics
Gonorrhea Can Lead to Infertility
Chlamydia Causes a Common Infection with Serious Complications
The Status of Bacterial Vaginosis as an STD Is Uncertain
Urethritis Can Be Caused by a Variety of Organisms
Viral STDs Can Be Dangerous and Hard to Treat
Molluscum Contagiosum Is a Self-Limiting Condition
Genital Herpes Is a Lifelong but Not Life-Threatening Infection
Human Papillomaviruses Can Cause Genital Warts—and Cancer
Hepatitis Viruses Can Be Sexually Transmitted
AIDS Is Caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus
There Are Several Ways to Reduce the Likelihood of STD Transmission
Not Everything Is an STD�
Sexual Assault, Harassment, And Partner Violence
What Is Rape?
College Rapes Are Common
Rape Can Have Severe Effects on the Victim
Rape Laws Have Become More Protective of Victims
Why Do Men Rape?
Intervention Programs Are of Uncertain Value
Sexual Harassment Occurs in Many Environments
There Are Three Kinds of Stalkers
Intimate Partner Violence Is a Crime with Many Names�
Sex As A Commodity
Can Money Buy You Love?
There Is a Hierarchy of Prostitution
Good Pay Is the Main Motive for Prostitution
Phone Sex Blends Prostitution and Pornography
Pornography Has Always Been Part of Human Culture
There Are Conflicting Perspectives on the Value or Harm of Pornography
Sex Is Part of the Mass Media