This textbook introduces students to the diversity of human sexual expression and the diversity of perspectives from which sexuality can be viewed, from biology and medicine, evolutionary theory, to cognitive science and social psychology. The authors encourage critical thinking and enable students to contribute constructively and non-judgmentally to the social debate on sexual issues. The second edition presents new coverage on gay marriage, sex education, minority issues, recent brain imaging studies, advances in contraceptive technology and STD treatment, and sexual arousal disorders. The text is also more accessible with reorganized chapters on women's and men's bodies and enhanced pedagogy.
Table of Contents
Perspectives on Sexuality - Sex and Evolution - Women's Bodies - Men's Bodies - Sex Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle - Sexual Development - Gender - Sexual Attraction and Arousal - Sexual Behavior - Sexual Relationships - Fertility, Pregnancy, and Childbirth - Contraception and Abortion - Sexuality Across the Lifespan - Sexual Minorities - Atypical Sexuality - Disorders of Desire and Performance - Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Partner Violence - Sex as a Commodity - Afterword - References
SIMON LEVAY is a writer and former Lecturer in Human Sexuality, Stanford University, USA. SHARON M. VALENTE is Research Fellow, Veterans Affairs, Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and former Co-lecturer of Human Sexuality, University of Southern California, USA.