Modern Sexuality: The Truth About Sex and Relationships

Modern Sexuality: The Truth About Sex and Relationships

by Michael Aaron


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Modern Sexuality: The Truth About Sex and Relationships by Michael Aaron

Human sexuality today stands at the crossroads between biological diversity and social conformity, and a battle between the two rages in the media, in social institutions, and in our daily lives. As a sex therapist, Michael Aaron witnesses this struggle each and every day as it plays out on his therapy couch. Modern Sexuality: The Truth about Sex and Relationships examines how biology and society collide head-on in the realm of human sexuality. Here, Aaron carefully and convincingly debunks some of the most commonly held beliefs about sexuality – that it is learned and can be changed; that “abnormal” sexual behavior is pathological; that healthy sexuality involves intimacy; that intimacy is the same to everyone; and that sexuality must have a clearly defined purpose.

Using groundbreaking brain-imaging studies and cutting- edge psychological insights, Modern Sexuality presents the overwhelming case for sexual diversity including orientation, non-traditional relationships, and even specific fantasies and kinks. In a world where sexual “outsiders” battle for acceptance, this work helps to explore the variety of sexual expressions from a normative standpoint, helping readers to understand that their own desires and those of others can happily exist on the same continuum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442253216
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 444,604
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST, is a nationally certified sex therapist and clinical sexologist, specializing in working with sexual minorities, alternative/kink/polyamory lifestyles, sex workers, discordant desire and infidelity in couples, sexual dysfunction and anxiety, gender and orientation confusion, and sexual compulsivity. He is certified as a Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology. He has been interviewed in numerous media outlets, online podcasts, and magazines, including theNew York Times,Wall St Journal,Cosmopolitan,Men’s Health,Women’s Health,Men’s Fitness, Prevention, He is a member of the Advisory Board ofMen’s Fitness Magazine.His website is

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I Setting the Stage: The Battle Between Sex and Society

1 Through the Keyhole: Debunking the Biggest Sexual Myths 9

2 The Birds and the Bees: The Case for Sexual Diversity 23

3 Be Like Mike: Society's Incessant Demand for Social Conformity 43

4 Law and Order: I Fought the Law and the Law Won 57

5 Fear and Loathing: How to Create the Perfect Consumer 71

II Lives Reclaimed: Embracing Sexual Freedom

6 Ch-Ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange: How the Process of Change Occurs 95

7 The Authentic Self: Resolving Internal Shame 109

8 Get Your Sexy On: Exploring New Horizons 129

9 Spreading Your Wings: Peak Sexual Experiences 149

10 Keeping the Flame Red-Hot: The Importance of Communication, Trust, and Transparency 161

Postscript 181

Notes 185

Acknowledgments 203

Bibliography 205

Index 213

About the Author 217

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