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In spite of its central importance in human relationships, the study of sexuality has been somewhat neglected by social psychologists. This reader brings together a fascinating selection of articles which examine sex as a social phenomenon: as a group of behavior patterns that people engage in together, under the influence of social pressures, and indeed as ways that people relate to each other.
R. Baumeister, Social Psychology, Social Exchange, and Sexuality. Part I: Gender and Sexual Behavior. M. Oliver & J. Hyde, Gender Differences in Sexuality: A Meta-analysis. R. Clark & E. Hatfield, Gender Differences in Receptivity to Sexual Offers. Part 2: Nature and Culture. D. Buss & D. Schmitt, Sexual Strategies Theory: An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Mating. R. Baumeister, Gender Differences in Erotic Plasticity: The Female Sex Drive as Socially Flexible and Responsive. Part 3: Virginity. S. Sprecher, A. Barbee, & P. Schwartz, "Was it Good for You, Too?": Gender Differences in First Sexual Experiences. Part 4: Sex and the Peer Group. J. Billy & J. Udry, Patterns of Adolescent Friendship and Effects on Sexual Behavior. E. Maticka-Tyndale, E. Herold, & D. Mewhinney, Casual Sex on Spring Break: Intentions and Behaviors of Canadian Students. Part 5: Homosexuality and Homophobia. D. Bem, Exotic Becomes Erotic: A Developmental Theory of Sexual Orientation. H. Adams, L. Wright, & B. Lohr, Is Homophobia Associated with Homosexual Arousal? Part 6: Rape and Harassment. C. Palmer, Twelve Reasons Why Rape is Not Sexually Motivated: A Skeptical Examination. E. Kanin, Date Rapists: Differential Sexual Socialization and Relative Deprivation. C. Meyer & S. Taylor, Adjustment to Rape. J. Bargh, P. Raymond, J. Pryor, & F. Strack, Attractiveness of the Underling: An Automatic Power Sex Association and its Consequences for Sexual Harassment and Aggression. Part 7: Infidelity. D. Buss, R. Larsen, D. Western, & J. Semmelroth, Sex Differences in Jealousy: Evolution, Physiology, and Psychology. G. Hansen, Extradyadic Relations during Courtship. Part 8: Paraphilias. R. Baumeister, Masochism as Escape from Self. Part 9: Pornography and Desire. W. Fisher & D. Byrne, Sex Differences in Response to Erotica: Love versus L