Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male [NOOK Book]

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Changing perceptions about male sexuality

In his groundbreaking new book, noted expert on teenage and adult masculine behavior Andrew Smiler debunks the myth that teenage boys and young men are barely able to control their sex drives, which may lead to destructive hyper-sexuality, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Smiler helps us recognize that the majority of boys and men do not fit this stereotype and that boys’ sexual development is multi-faceted. He ...

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Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male

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Overview

Changing perceptions about male sexuality

In his groundbreaking new book, noted expert on teenage and adult masculine behavior Andrew Smiler debunks the myth that teenage boys and young men are barely able to control their sex drives, which may lead to destructive hyper-sexuality, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Smiler helps us recognize that the majority of boys and men do not fit this stereotype and that boys’ sexual development is multi-faceted. He also shows how this shift in attitude could help create young men who are more mature, and have better relationships with partners and friends.

  • Explains how the Casanova Complex has developed over time and how it can hurt young males
  • Provides the latest research on male sexuality, including information from the author’s own studies.
  • Offers guidance for parents and counselors of boys who want to help them develop lasting and meaningful relationships, as well as for the parents of girls who are dating.

This book dismantles the stereotype of boys as driven only by an obsession with having intercourse with multiple partners, and calls for deeper growth and understanding of modern masculinity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118236390
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,297,899
  • File size: 928 KB

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part I: Approaches to Boys’ Sexual Development 9

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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