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Sex Is Not A Natural Act & Other Essays - Leonore Tiefer

Sex Is Not A Natural Act & Other Essays

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Published: 13th February 2004
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Revisits and updates the centrality of the social construction of sexuality, especially in the age of Viagra, FSD (female sexual dysfunction) and the media saturation of sex. Leonore Tiefer is one of the foremost sexologists working in the United States today; she is a well-known and respected scholar who writes engagingly and humorously about a wide array of topics in sexuality to appeal to both students and general readers. Revised and updated with new pieces on the medicalization of sex, FSD (female sexual dysfunction) and the politics of sex, as well as classic pieces found in the original edition, such as "Am I Normal?: The Question of Sex."

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Creditsp. xv
Introduction An Uphill Battlep. 1
Sex is Not a Natural Act Theme and Variationsp. 5
""Am I Normal?"" The Question of Sexp. 9
Social Constructionism And the Study of Human Sexualityp. 17
Sexual Biology And The Symbolism of the Naturalp. 38
Historical, Scientific Clinical, and Feminist Criticisms Of ""The Human Sexual Response Cycle"" Modelp. 57
Applications Of Social Constructionism To Research on Gender And Sexualityp. 63
Popular Writings On the Themep. 65
Six Months At the Daily Newsp. 69
The Kissp. 82
Advice to the Lovelornp. 83
Feminism and Sexualityp. 87
An Activist in Sexologyp. 96
Gender and Meaning In the Nomenclature Of Sexual Dysfunctionsp. 102
Deconstructing Prefeminist Sexuality Researchp. 109
The Feminist Revolution And Sexualityp. 116
Feminisms and Pornographiesp. 126
Some Harms to Women Of Restrictions On Sexually Related Expressionp. 134
Phallocentrism Reduxp. 135
Sexism in Sex Therapy Whose Idea is ""Sensate"" Focus?p. 137
In Pursuit Of the Perfect Penis The Medicalization Of Male Sexualityp. 141
The Medicalization Of Impotence Normalizing Phallocentrismp. 167
Might Premature Ejaculation Be a Physical Disorder? The Perfect Penis Takes a Giant Step Forwardp. 169
Conclusion The Politics of Sexologyp. 171
Three Crises Facing Sexologyp. 186
New Perspectives in Sexology From Rigor (mortis) to Richnessp. 194
Women's Sexuality Not a Matter of Healthp. 195
Sex is Not a Natural Act The Next Phasep. 203
Notesp. 207
Referencesp. 209
About the Book And Authorp. 225
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780813341859
ISBN-10: 081334185X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 323
Published: 13th February 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition