Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male

Overview

Many people believe the male sex drive is ever present andbarely controlled. This image is both a centerpiece offiction—in movies like American Pie and Superbad—and in the news, as in the obsession with the sex lives ofGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, and other publicfigures. It seems guys who sleep around are expected to behave thatway. But what would happen if we improved and expanded our sexualexpectations of young men? If we stop believing that boys and menare emotional cripples and fly-by-night ...

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Overview

Many people believe the male sex drive is ever present andbarely controlled. This image is both a centerpiece offiction—in movies like American Pie and Superbad—and in the news, as in the obsession with the sex lives ofGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, and other publicfigures. It seems guys who sleep around are expected to behave thatway. But what would happen if we improved and expanded our sexualexpectations of young men? If we stop believing that boys and menare emotional cripples and fly-by-night Casanovas who are just outfor sex, and start believing that they're full, complete humanbeings who have emotional and relational needs?

Challenging Casanova works to shift our thinking beyondthis stereotypical perspective on male sexuality to a conceptionthat is more complex and nuanced, one that acknowledges that mostboys and young men want to have relationships and suggests thatthey take a variety of approaches to dating and sexuality. In thisimportant new book, Dr. Andrew Smiler expands the discussion ofboys' and young men's lives and provides all of us with a way tochallenge this image. Drawing from the latest research and clinicalstudies on male sexuality, Smiler shows that when we put dating andsexuality in the context of other developmental changes instead ofthinking about it as something separate from any other part oflife, we get a very different, non-Casanova perspective on boys'sexual development. He explains how the Casanova Complex has becomeour "basic" understanding of young men's sexuality and shares whatwe can do as parents, teachers, and members of society, startingtoday, in order to challenge Casanova.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118072660
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew P. Smiler has been featured in the New YorkTimes and USA Today for his groundbreaking research inteenage and adult sexual behavior and ideas about masculinity. Dr.Smiler was a front-line family therapist and counselor to youngmen, has been an assistant professor of psychology at SUNY Oswego,and is now a visiting professor at Wake Forest University. He hasalso published more than a dozen papers in the Journal ofAdolescence, Journal of Sex Research , and elsewhere.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part I: Approaches to Boys’ Sexual Development9

1. The Casanova Complex and Its Inaccuracies 11

2. Sexual Behavior During Adolescence 31

3. The Importance of Romantic Relationships 51

Part II: Why We Believe in Casanova 69

4. Evolution, Biology, and Casanova 71

5. Masculinity, Peers, and Identity 86

6. How the Media Promote Casanova 102

7. Appearance and the Casanova Complex 123

Part III: Challenging Casanova 137

8. Non-Casanova Approaches to Dating and Sexuality 139

9. Sexual Knowledge and Values 156

10. Intimacy 175

11. Challenging the Casanova Culture 191

Resources 205

Notes 211

References 229

About the Author 259

Index 261

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