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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"Leonore Tiefer is one of our preeminent critics of the medicalization of sexuality. Her analysis of contemporary sexology is rigorous and judicious; wry and compassionate. This updated edition should be required reading for professionals in sexual health."— Janice Irvine, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts and Author of Talk About Sex: The Battles Over Sex Education in the United States
Praise for the previous edition:
"An important book to emerge at this weird and woolly moment in the sex wars.… Tiefer is saying things about sex that everyone needs to hear."— The Nation
"Tiefer's brilliant critique of the 'human response cycle,' a model first introduced by Masters and Johnson, should be required reading for feminist psychologists."— Psychology of Women Quarterly
"Rarely have I enjoyed a book more … or found an author as intellectually stimulating and refreshingly honest."— Contemporary Psychology