With Pleasure: Thoughts on the Nature of Human Sexuality / Edition 1

With Pleasure: Thoughts on the Nature of Human Sexuality / Edition 1

by Paul R. Abramson, Steven D. Pinkerton
     
 

Challenging everything from the mandates of the Catholic Church to the hotly debated ethics of pornography, and from the controversy surrounding gay rights to issues of gender and feminism, With Pleasure explores a new theory of human sexuality that ignites every hot topic in the public domain. What role, authors Paul Abramson and Steven Pinkerton ask, does sexual

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Challenging everything from the mandates of the Catholic Church to the hotly debated ethics of pornography, and from the controversy surrounding gay rights to issues of gender and feminism, With Pleasure explores a new theory of human sexuality that ignites every hot topic in the public domain. What role, authors Paul Abramson and Steven Pinkerton ask, does sexual pleasure play in our lives? Is the pursuit of sexual enjoyment in our blood? Our brains? Our very nature? Regardless of the source, it can be agreed that the joys of sex are widely appreciated. Why, then, is pleasure so often overlooked in discussions of sexual behavior, and why do cultural, historical, and religious treatises so often fail to emphasize, or outright ignore, this obvious aspect of human sexuality?
Responding to these and many other questions about our most private affairs, With Pleasure provides a profoundly original challenge to the cherished truisms of human sexuality. Abramson and Pinkerton proclaim the paramount importance of pleasure, while at the same time overthrowing traditional ideas about gender, pornography, contraception, homosexuality, abortion, and much more. Supported by rigorous research, With Pleasure argues that human sexuality cannot be understood if its significance is limited to reproduction alone. The authors posit that in humans reproduction itself occurs as a byproduct of pleasure—not the other way around—and that it is the strong drive for pleasure that makes people overcome many obstacles—and even life-threatening dangers such as AIDS—to have sex. Ranging from discussions about the church to current debates about pornography, and from evolutionary theory to questions about the future of sex and pleasure, Abramson and Pinkerton argue persuasively that the pleasurability of sex cannot be restricted to purely reproductive behavior.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195146097
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/26/2002
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. Abramson is one of the world's most eminent scientists in the field of human sexuality. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a former editor of the Journal of Sex Research. He has been a technical advisor to the World Health Organization's Global Program on AIDS and is the author of six books, including Sexual Nature, Sexual Culture and Sarah: A Sexual Biography. Steven D. Pinkerton recently received a doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Pinkerton has written extensively in the areas of human sexuality and AIDS prevention and is presently pursuing a broad research agenda in psychology and the behavioral sciences as a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Sex as Procreation: Is That All There Is?
3. The Regulation and Marketing of Sexual Pleasure
4. The Biology of Sexual Pleasure
5. The Psychology of Sexual Pleasure
6. AIDS: The End of Pleasure?
7. Porn: Tempest on a Soapbox
Epilogue: The Future of Sex
Appendix A: Contextual Glossary for Chapter 4
Appendix B: Mathematical Models of HIV Transmission
Notes
References
Index

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