Sex Is Not A Natural Act & Other Essays

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Avalon Publishing, Feb 13, 2004 - Social Science - 320 pages
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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."
 

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SEX IS NOT A NATURAL ACT: And Other Essays

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A variation on the nature/nurture debate that comes down forcefully on the side of nurture to challenge the assumption that sex is natural. An adamant supporter of social constructionism as a ... Read full review

Contents

Social Constructionism and the Study of Human
15
Sexual Biology and the Symbolism of the Natural
31
Criticisms of The Human Sexual Response
41
TALK About
85
5
99
Substance
107
An Activist in Sexology
117
Well in Sexology
125
6
199
Natural
209
5
219
1
247
4
261
Whats the Disease?
269
We Need Theory We Need Politics
277
Index
290

3
131
Related Expression
139
and
159
2
187
Phallocentrism
195
107
295
4
297
269
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Leonore Tiefer is clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City and has a private practice in sex therapy and psychotherapy in Manhattan. Recently, Dr. Tiefer has become internationally known as the primary spokesperson for a movement that challenges the medicalization of women's sexual problems by the pharmaceutical industry. Both the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Association for Women in Psychology selected her for their Distinguished Scientific Career Awards in 2004.

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