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This appealing, readable and accurate guide to human sexuality achieves a sound balance between facts and understanding, giving students the information they need to make responsible decisions and helping them feel good about themselves while learning about their sexuality. It features over 200 new references through December 1997 including significant updates on HIV and AIDS, contraception, anatomy, endocrinology, and hormones.
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An updated edition (first, 1991) of comprehensive scope, covering everything from anatomy and hormones to STDs, gender roles, sexual abuse, and communication in a manner that is scientifically-based yet warm. Includes a study guide, ample references, and a glossary. Straightforward b&w illustrations, with a few in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136042457
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/18/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce King received a B.A. in psychology from UCLA in 1969 and a Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Chicago in 1978. He taught for 29 years at the University of New Orleans and is presently chair of the Department of Psychology at Clemson University. He has taught human sexuality to over 50,000 students. In addition to conducting research in the field of human sexuality, Dr. King has co-authored a textbook on statistics and has published over 75 papers on the biological basis of feeding behavior and obesity. He is a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, and the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.
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Table of Contents

Preface xiv
About the Author xv
Chapter 1 Why a Course in Human Sexuality? 1
A Sexual Knowledge Quiz 3
Cross-Cultural Comparisons 6
Historical Perspectives 11
Sex as a Science 16
Scientific Methodology 19
Sexuality Education Today 23
Chapter 2 Our Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy 30
External Female Anatomy 31
Internal Female Anatomy 37
External Male Anatomy 43
Internal Male Anatomy 49
The Brain 51
Our Sexual Bodies 52
Chapter 3 Hormones and Sexuality 58
The Endocrine System 59
The Menstrual Cycle 60
Length of the Menstrual Cycle 62
Menstrual Synchrony and Pheromones 62
Menstrual Versus Estrous Cycle 63
Attitudes About Menstruation: Historical Perspectives 64
Attitudes About Menstruation Today 64
Menstrual Problems 67
Regulation of Male Hormones 70
Hormones and Sexual Desire 71
Chapter 4 Similarities and Differences in Our Sexual Responses 76
Measurement of Sexual Responses 77
Models of Sexual Response 78
The Sexual Response Cycle 78
Controversies About Orgasms 85
Penis Size: Does It Matter? 90
Aphrodisiacs: Do They Help? 92
And Afterwards? 93
Sexuality and People with Disabilities 94
Chapter 5 Sexually Transmitted and Sexually Related Diseases 99
What Are They and Who Gets Them? 100
Where Did They Come From? 101
Gonorrhea 101
Chlamydia and Nongonococcal Urethritis 103
Syphilis 105
Less Common Bacterial STDs 107
Herpes 108
Hepatitis 112
Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection 112
Molluscum Contagiosum 114
HIV Infection and AIDS 114
Parasitic Infestations 126
Vaginitis 128
Cystitis and Prostatitis 130
Practicing Safer Sex 130
What to Do and Where to Go if You Have an STD 132
Positive Sexuality in the Era of AIDS 132
Chapter 6 Birth Control 139
World Population 142
Evaluating Different Birth Control Methods 143
Contraceptive Myths 144
Relatively Ineffective Methods 145
Abstaining from Sex 146
Fertility Awareness: Abstaining from Sex During Ovulation 146
Spermicides: Substances That Kill Sperm 148
Barrier Methods: Preventing Sperm from Meeting Egg 149
The IUD 155
Hormonal Methods of Contraception 156
Emergency Contraception 161
Voluntary Sterilization 161
Unwanted Pregnancies: The Final Options 163
Future Technology 166
Choosing a Contraceptive Method 167
Chapter 7 Pregnancy and Childbirth 172
Conception and Implantation 173
Pregnancy 175
Complications of Pregnancy 179
Nutrition and Exercise During Pregnancy 184
Preparing for Childbirth 184
Anesthetics or "Natural" Childbirth? 188
Childbirth 188
Problems with Childbirth 191
Afterwards 193
Spacing Pregnancies 195
Infertility and Impaired Fecundity 195
Superfertility 200
Chapter 8 Communicating About Sex 205
Talking with Your Partner About Sexual Differences and Problems 206
In the Future: Talking with Your Children About Sex 212
Hope for the Future 219
Chapter 9 Sexuality as a Social Concept 225
Sexuality as an Evolving Concept 226
Sexual Socialization: Agents 229
Sexual Socialization: Cause and Effect? 234
Chapter 10 Becoming a Woman/Becoming a Man: Gender Identity and Gender Roles 238
Biological Influences on Gender Identity 239
Variations in Development: Intersexed Individuals 242
Gender Identity "Disorder" 245
Gender and Sex as Social Constructs 247
Psychological Theories of Gender Identity Development 248
Gender Roles 251
Chapter 11 Sexual Orientation 270
Prevalence of Homosexuality and Bisexuality 271
Defining Sexual Orientation: Another Look 272
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Roles 273
The Origins of Sexual Orientation 274
Homosexuality 279
Can (Should) Sexual Orientation Be Changed? 290
Chapter 12 Life-Span Sexual Development 295
Early Infancy (Ages 0-1) 295
Early Childhood (Ages 2-6) 296
The Initial School-Age Years (Ages 7-11) 297
Puberty (Ages 7-15) 298
Adolescence (Ages 13-17) 302
Emerging Adulthood (Ages 18-25) 306
Young Adulthood (Adults Aged 26-39) 307
Middle Age (Ages 40-59) 313
The Elderly Years (Age 60+) 320
Chapter 13 Adult Sexual Behaviors and Attitudes 327
What Is Normal? 328
Masturbation 328
Nocturnal Orgasms 331
Sexual Fantasies 334
Coital Positions and Locations 335
Oral-Genital Sex 340
Anal Stimulation 342
Preferred Sexual Behaviors 343
The Sexually Healthy Person 343
Chapter 14 Love and Relationships 347
History of Romantic Love 348
Friendship Versus Romantic Love 349
How Do I Know if This Is Really Love? 351
Companionate Love 352
Sex Without Love 352
Love Without Sex 353
Prerequisites for Love 355
Theories of Love 356
Attachment Theory of Love 357
Robert Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love 358
John Lee's "Many Colors of Love" 359
Which Theory is Correct? 362
Jealousy 362
Maintaining a Relationship 363
Chapter 15 Sexual Problems and Therapy 373
Individual Differences 374
Who Needs Therapy? 376
Sexual Therapy 376
Sexual Therapy Techniques 377
Sexual Problems Affecting Both Men and Women 378
Male Sexual Problems 383
Female Sexual Problems 390
Sexual Problems Among Homosexuals 395
Avoiding Sexual Problems 395
Chapter 16 Paraphilias and Sexual Variants 399
Historical Perspective 400
Fetishism 401
Transvestism 403
Exhibitionism 404
Obscene Phone Calls 405
Voyeurism 406
Bestiality and Zoophilia 406
Pedophilia 407
Sadomasochism 407
Other Paraphilias 409
Multiple Paraphilias 411
What Causes Paraphilias? 411
Therapy 412
Chapter 17 Sexual Victimization: Rape, Coercion, Harassment, and Abuse of Children 416
Rape 417
Sexual Harassment 435
Sexual Abuse of Children 439
Incest 445
Prosecution of Sexual Offenders 451
Therapy 452
Resources for Those Seeking Help 453
Chapter 18 Sex and the Law 458
Prostitution 459
Pornography 464
Laws Against Fornication, Adultery, and Sodomy 473
Glossary 479
Resources 494
Credits 497
Answers To Questions 498
References 505
Index 543
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There has never been a greater need for human sexuality education than at the beginning of the 21st century. Unfortunately, with the AIDS crisis and high teenage pregnancy rate, a lot of important information has been presented in a negative way. Although one of my goals in writing this book is for students to understand the relevant facts in order to make responsible decisions in their daily lives, an equally important goal has been to present the information in a warm, non-threatening way that leaves students with positive feelings about sex and their own sexuality.

When I began to write this text I recalled my students' complaints about the dryness, sterility, and length of books I had used previously. So with them in mind, I tried to create a book that was factual and thorough, yet readable and interesting. Thus I have included numerous case studies (most contributed by my own students!) to supplement and make more personal the substantial coverage of scientific studies. Although my writing style is purposely conversational, I have worked hard to maintain the scientific foundation of my presentation. This fourth edition has well over 2,000 references for students who wish to use the book as a resource. In addition, the section on HIV/AIDS is as thorough and up-to-date as can be found in any human sexuality textbook.

The final test for any textbook is whether or not students will read it, learn from it, and enjoy it. As a result of feedback from students and reviewers, the book has continually evolved in an attempt to create an ever-better product. The fourth edition includes a new chapter on sexuality as a social concept as well as new sections throughoutthe book on cross-cultural comparisons. The chapter on communication has been moved up so that students may benefit from it at an earlier part in the course.

The cost of textbooks to students has become an increasing concern to many. Besides the cost of the primary textbook, already prohibitive for some, there is the added cost of a student's study guide. However, because it has been the goal of Prentice Hall and myself to publish a high-quality textbook at the lowest possible expense to the students, the Student Study Guide is now included at the end of each chapter at no additional cost to the student.


I offer my deepest gratitude to Dr. Cameron Camp, who helped write the classroom-testing versions and the first edition of the book. His friendship and support will always be appreciated. Thanks also to Anne Downey for her input on the first edition. Others who helped in the early development of the book include Vic Hughes, Cheryl Stout, Desiree Comeaux, Chantelle Boudreaux, Corbie Johnson, Teresa Weysham and Kathryn King. I thank Jim Pipitone, who typed the present edition.

Thanks to everyone at Prentice Hall who worked on this book. Special thanks to Bill Webber for having faith in me, Jayme Heffler for her guidance, Kathleen Sleys for her hard work in production, and Mary Louise Byrd for her excellent editing.

My sincere appreciation and thanks to the following colleagues for their valuable input and constructive feedback in reviewing this book: for the first edition, Susan Graham-Kresge, University of Southern Mississippi; Kendra Jeffcoat, Palomar College; Deborah R. McDonald, New Mexico State University; Ken Murdoff, Lane Community College; Janet A. Simons, University of Iowa; and Janice D. Yoder, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; for the second edition, Kendra Jeffcoat, Palomar College; Deborah R. McDonald, New Mexico State University; Ken Murdoff, Lane Community College; and Janet A. Simons, University of Iowa; for the third edition, Donna Ashcraft, Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Robert Clark/Labeff, Midwestern State University; Betty Dorr, Fort Lewis College; and Priscilla Hernandez, Washington State University; and for the fourth edition, Nanette Davis, Western Washington University; Xiaolin Ylie, Cameron University; Betty Dorr, Fort Lewis College; Carrie Yang Costello, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Lillian Rosado, New Jersey City University; and Judith A. Reitan, University of California-Davis.

Finally, I cannot thank enough the thousands of students who provided me with chapter reviews and/or case histories. This book was written with students in mind. I hope it helps them to lead healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

Bruce M. King

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