Sex in Advertising: Perspectives on the Erotic Appeal (LEA's Communication Series) / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 41%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.84
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 90%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $5.84   
  • New (1) from $51.06   
  • Used (9) from $5.84   


Sex in Advertising: Perspectives on the Erotic Appeal is the first book to thoroughly tackle important issues about sex in advertising. What is it? Does it work? How does it affect individuals and society? Well-respected scholars and popular writers answer these questions as they address the following issues associated with sex in today's advertising environment: gender differences and representation, unintended social effects, subliminal embeds, appeals to the homosexual community, and new media. The book contains a blend of perspectives, including original experimental studies, interpretive and historical analyses, and cultural critiques.

The definitive source on sex in advertising, this book:
*is centralized around a singular theme: Understanding how sex in advertising appeals work and why they are so prevalent;
*includes multiple perspectives to capture the richness of sexual appeals;
*brings together viewpoints from both well-known scholars and writers;
*provides a wealth of ideas and research questions for those interested in the topic; and
*contains discussions of sex in advertising from its roots in the 1700s to online advertising today and beyond.

The book is must reading for advertising and gender researchers, scholars, and students. Anyone interested in mass media, consumer psychology, and popular culture will find this book an essential resource.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805841183
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Routledge Communication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. T. Reichert, J. Lambiase, One Phenomenon, Multiple Lenses: Bridging Perspectives to Examine Sex in Advertising. Part I: Research Approaches to Sex in Advertising. T. Reichert, What Is Sex in Advertising? Perspectives From Consumer Behavior and Social Science Research. J. Sivulka, Historical and Psychological Perspectives of the Erotic Appeal in Advertising. J.E. Schroeder, J.L. Borgerson, Dark Desires: Fetishism, Ontology, and Representation in Contemporary Advertising. Part II: Consumer Responses to Sex in Advertising. M.S. LaTour, T.L. Henthorne, Nudity and Sexual Appeals: Understanding the Arousal Process and Advertisement Response. A. Lang, K. Wise, S. Lee, X. Cai, The Effects of Sexual Appeals on Physiological, Cognitive, Emotional, and Attitudinal Responses for Product and Alcohol Billboard Advertising. C.G. Brooke, Sex(haustion) Sells: Marketing in a Saturated Mediascape. S.J. Gould, Toward a Theory of Advertising Lovemaps in Marketing Communications: Overdetermination, Postmodern Thought, and the Advertising Hermeneutic Circle. Part III: Cultural Impact and Interpretation. J. Kilbourne, Advertising and Disconnection. J.B. Twitchell, Adult and Gender. W.B. Key, Subliminal Sexuality: The Fountainhead for America's Obsession. Part IV: Contexts and Audiences. B.B. Stern, Masculinism(s) and the Male Image: What Does It Mean to Be a Man? G.R. Hicks, Media at the Margins: Homoerotic Appeals to the Gay and Lesbian Community. J. Lambiase, Sex—Online and in Internet Advertising. Part V: Conclusion. J. Lambiase, T. Reichert, Future Questions and Challenges: Advertising Research in the Midst of Sex Noise.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)