With Pleasure: Thoughts on the Nature of Human Sexuality

Paperback | September 15, 2002

byPaul R. Abramson, Steven D. Pinkerton

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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 publicdomain. 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 sooften 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 traditionalideas 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 asa 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 fromevolutionary 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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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 publicdomain. What role, authors Paul Abramson and Steve...

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 si...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195146097

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Sex as Procreation: Is That All There Is?3. The Regulation and Marketing of Sexual Pleasure4. The Biology of Sexual Pleasure5. The Psychology of Sexual Pleasure6. AIDS: The End of Pleasure?7. Porn: Tempest on a SoapboxEpilogue: The Future of SexAppendix A: Contextual Glossary for Chapter 4Appendix B: Mathematical Models of HIV TransmissionNotesReferencesIndex

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"A great book for a society in which puritans from the left and right tell us that sex without reproduction is unnatural and wrong. This view fails to take into account the behavior of some of our closest animal relatives. With Pleasure successfully broadens the view of the role of sex insociety by presenting a more informed picture of nature."--Frans de Waal, author of Chimpanzee Politics and Peacemaking among Primates