An Insider's View of Sexual Science since Kinsey

An Insider's View of Sexual Science since Kinsey

by Ira L. Reiss
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742546527

ISBN-13: 9780742546523

Pub. Date: 03/30/2006

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In a personal, nontechnical, and informal style, eminent researcher Ira L. Reiss discusses the many situations he has encountered during the past fifty years while researching sexuality and developing useful and innovative explanations of its different aspects. Most of the problems that were present during those years are still confronting those who work on human

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In a personal, nontechnical, and informal style, eminent researcher Ira L. Reiss discusses the many situations he has encountered during the past fifty years while researching sexuality and developing useful and innovative explanations of its different aspects. Most of the problems that were present during those years are still confronting those who work on human sexuality. Reiss discusses his experiences in sexual science in areas such as premarital sex, the sexual revolution, Masters and Johnson's therapy, feminism and sexuality, crises in sexual organizations, responses to HIV/AIDS, child and adolescent sexuality, radical social constructionism, biology versus sexual science, international trends, and the movement toward a Ph.D. in sexual science. The insights and solutions Reiss proposes are of great importance to all those who are interested in the sexual issues that affect people today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742546523
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/30/2006
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Chapter 1Know Your Author1
Anti-Semitism in the 1930s1
Prostitution and the Depression2
Religious Indoctrination3
The Double Standard in Sexuality4
Anti-Semitism in the Army5
A Little Bit of Sex Education7
Getting My Degree: Some Key Events7
Chapter 2The Antisex Bias of the 1950s13
The 1950s Culture13
Antisex Bias in Family Textbooks14
The Admiral and the College of William and Mary16
Questioning High School Students about Sex in the 1950s17
Publishing on Sexuality in Journals in the 1950s21
Trying to Publish My First Book24
A Minor Clash with Radio Censorship28
Chapter 3What Is This Thing Called Science?29
Ancient Roots of Modern Science29
The Ethical Side of Science31
Political Distortions of Science32
Advocacy and Science33
Value Aware, Value Fair, and Premarital Abstinence34
Linking Personal Values to Personal Assumptions36
The Tentativeness of Science37
Summing Up Science38
Chapter 4The Sexual Revolution and Sexual Organizations41
Sexual Standards at the Dawn of the Sexual Revolution41
The Mythical Place of the Pill in the 1960s Revolution43
Albert Ellis and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex47
Richard Green: A New Journal and an International Academy49
Other Sexuality Organizations Spring Forth50
The Value of Sexuality Organizations52
Hugh Hefner's Party at the Chicago Playboy Mansion52
Chapter 5New Approaches to Sexuality57
Getting to Know Masters and Johnson: 1962+57
The Sexual Attitudes Reassessment Movement Begins61
The New Program in Human Sexuality at Minnesota62
The New Sexual Dogma: The SAR in San Francisco63
Chapter 6Building Explanations of Sexuality69
The Empirical Basis of the Autonomy Theory69
Proposition One: Changing Sexual Permissiveness71
Some Reactions to the Autonomy Theory74
Why Was Gender Equality and Sexual Pluralism So Strong in Sweden?75
The Swedish Culture in Action at Dalarna78
A Swedish Panel Discusses Sexuality79
Historical Factors Promoting Gender Equality in Sweden81
Sweden and Autonomy Theory82
Chapter 7Some Clashes of Science, Politics, and Values85
The Federal Government's Victorian Standards85
Unveiling the Feminine Mystique: NOW90
The AMA: Even Doctors Want to Know about Sex91
Fighting an Obscene Antipornography Bill93
Chapter 8An Insider's View of a Major Crisis in SSSS101
Wanted: One Gunslinger as President of SSSS101
Baptism of Fire: September 1980102
Starting the Search for an Executive Director105
Denouement in Dallas106
April 9, 1981: Decision Day110
Chapter 9Exploring Therapy and HIV/AIDS115
Sex Therapy: The Program in Human Sexuality116
Further Exploration: The Masters and Johnson Institute118
Problems with Washington's Disease Fighters123
Chapter 10Building a Cross-Cultural Explanation of Sexuality127
The Linkage Theory127
Defining Sexuality129
Social Bonds: Pleasure and Disclosure130
Three Universal Societal Linkages to Sexual Norms132
Gender Power Differences132
Societal Ideologies: Defining Sexual Normality134
Kinship and Extramarital Sexual Jealousy134
Summing Up the Linkage Theory of Sexuality136
Chapter 11Can Sexual Science Really Help with Societal Problems?139
Early Reactions to HIV/AIDS139
Sexual Therapists React to HIV/AIDS140
Just How Risky Are Condoms?143
Is Abstinence the Safest Strategy?145
Sexual Pluralism: The Way to Reduce Our Sexual Problems146
Sexual Pluralism Theory150
Responses to Sexual Pluralism153
Chapter 12New Projects and a New Life Agenda157
The Governor's Committee on Child and Adolescent Sexual Health157
Retirement: But Not from Sexual Science162
Al Ellis and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy164
Chapter 13Problem Areas in Sexual Science Today169
Antiscience: Radical Social Constructionism169
The Bush Administration's Hostility to Scientific Research in Sexuality174
Sexnet Debates: Biology versus Social Science176
The Interaction of Social and Biological Factors179
Defining Gender Roles183
Chapter 14Building a PhD in Sexual Science187
Some Programs in Sexuality187
Working toward a PhD in Sexual Science191
The Essential Elements of a PhD in Sexuality: Making the Case192
More Progress toward a PhD in Sexual Science197
Chapter 15To the Next Generation of Sexual Scientists201
The Cultural Wars in Sexuality201
Sexuality Trends around the World204
Do Attitudes and Behaviors Correlate?207
Explaining Trends in Sexuality209
Future Goals210
References213
Name Index227
Subject Index233
About the Author239

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