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It’s socially acceptable to spend a day watching sports or sitcoms, but it’s shameful and embarrassing to admit to the same about erotic media. Why is it that sex is so often deemed “inappropriate” and considered something we must keep private or even ignore?
Our culture is afraid of sex. We feel the need to label what is normal and what isn’t, and as a result, we live in a relational and sexually unhealthy culture. In reality, far more harm is caused by labeling sexual expression as “obscene” than by celebrating it.
In Sex Outside the Lines: Authentic Sexuality in a Sexually Dysfunctional Culture, Chris Donaghue, PhD, explores and challenges the negative ideals that have warped society’s view of sex. Sex Outside the Lines is not a dogmatic rule book, but a valuable guide to help you on your journey to sexual self-discovery and, most important, self-acceptance. Donaghue encourages you to not only explore your capacity for pleasure, but to be proud of it and to take a look at how you could be living.
In his years of training in sex and couples therapy, Donaghue has developed highly successful methods for freeing clients from sexual hang-ups, enabling them to let go of shame and embarrassment. The goal isn’t to be “normal”there is no such thing. Donaghue pulls apart cultural phobias with a sex-positive therapy practice, as well as a kind of sexual deprograming that helps people see and accept that the desires they haveeven if they don’t align with society’s expectationsare actually natural, healthy, and part of having a great sex life.
Sex Outside the Lines addresses our diversity, challenges conventional psychiatric wisdom as classifying perfectly normal behavior as disorders, and disregards conventional advice from leading experts. It isn’t advocating a “liberal” approach to modern conceptsit is seeking to redefine them altogether.
|Publisher:||BenBella Books, Inc.|
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About the Author
Dr. Chris Donaghue, PhD, LCSW, CST, is a doctor of clinical sexology and human sexuality, trained doctorally in clinical psychology, licensed clinical therapist, nationally certified sex therapist. Dr. Donaghue specializes in the sexuality spectrum and sexually-related compulsive behaviors such as sexual compulsivity/sex addiction, as well as marital and relational disorders. Dr. Donaghue runs his own private practice specializing in individual and couples sex therapy in Beverly Hills California.
Dr. Donaghue is nationally recognized as a sex and relationship expert, lecturing at Universities, and appearing on Logo TV’s Bad Sex, and having been featured in Newsweek, and seen on CNN, OWN, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, and National Geographic.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Liberate Sex and Get Naked 1
Chapter 2 Why We're Scared of Sex 15
Chapter 3 Sex Education Is Dangerous 33
Chapter 4 The Damage of Psychology 51
Chapter 5 The Primacy of Sexual Compatibility 65
Chapter 6 The Fantasy of Marriage 81
Chapter 7 Relational Sex Crimes 107
Chapter 8 The Myth of Sexual Dysfunctions 129
Chapter 9 No Identity, Gender, or Sexual Orientation 147
Chapter 10 The Future of Sex and Relationships 177
About the Author 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5 stars. There are some provocative ideas and propositions in this book, and something to offend almost everyone, whether you believe in monogamy or ethical non-monogamy. Disclaimer: I'm acquainted with the author via social media. The writing style is a little aggressive, almost as if it's carrying on an argument, and dude, we were on the same side! I felt like some of the claims made weren't as well documented, and other points were hammered on over and over again. Yes, masturbation is healthy, we get it! The biggest take away for me was the call-to-action to throw away artificial barriers as to what is healthy in romantic and sexual relationships. That "normal" is not what anyone should be striving for, but equanimity among all partners, or happiness while unpartnered. This would be most useful to someone just beginning to explore the idea of "sex outside the lines" of cultural norms, rather than someone who's been exploring it for some times.