With Pleasure

With Pleasure : Thoughts on the Nature of Human Sexuality

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What role, does sexual pleasure play in our lives? Is the pursuit of sexual enjoyment in our blood? Our brains? Our very nature? Challenging everything from the mandates of the Catholic Church to the current debates about pornography, and from the controversy surrounding gay rights to issues of gender and feminism, With Pleasure explores a new theory of human sexuality that ignites many of the most explosive topics in the public domain. Supported by rigorous research, With Pleasure argues that human sexuality cannot be understood if its significance is limited to reproduction alone. Its central thesis is that in humans reproduction itself occurs as a byproduct of pleasure - not the other way around - and that it is the strong drive for pleasure that makes people overcome many obstacles and even life-threatening dangers (such as AIDS) to have sex. The authors present sexual pleasure as a unifying phenomenon toaccount for the enormous variety of meanings, practices, and functions of sexuality.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.02 x 248.92 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195093585
  • 9780195093582

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Sex as Procreation - Is That All There Is?; 3. The Regulation and Marketing of Sexual Pleasure; 4. The Biology of Sexual Pleasure; 5. The Psychology of Sexual Pleasure; 6. AIDS - The End of Pleasure?; 7. Porn - Tempest on a Soapbox; Epilogue : The Future of Sex; Chapter Notes; References; Indexshow more

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A fresh and theoretically enticing approach to the study of human sexuality ... Sure to spark intense debate among those concerned with the study of human sexuality. Kirkus Reviewsshow more

About Paul R. Abramson

About the Authors: Paul R. Abramson is one of the world's most eminent scientists in the field of human sexuality. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a former editor of the Journal of Sex Research. He has been a technical advisor to the World Health Organization's Global Program on AIDS and is the author of six books, including Sexual Nature, Sexual Culture and Sarah: A Sexual Biography. Steven D. Pinkerton recently received a doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Pinkerton has written extensively in the areas of human sexuality and AIDS prevention and is presently pursuing a broad research agenda in psychology and the behavioral sciences as a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA.show more

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