Finding Your Sexual Voice promotes the genuine understanding of strong female sexuality and empowers women to value desire, pleasure, eroticism, and satisfaction. The book confronts myths and misunderstandings about female sexuality, especially desire, and encourages an increased understanding of healthy couple sexuality so that the woman and man can be intimate and erotic allies.
Each chapter includes a detailed psychosexual exercise, as well as a range of motivating case studies, to help women to discover their sexual style and value their sexual voice. The guide also expands the concept of sex to include sensual, playful, and erotic touch, and emphasizes the multiple roles and meanings of the Good Enough Sex (GES) model.
This accessible and powerful book is pro-female, pro-couple, and pro-sexuality, and will be valuable reading for women, from 25-85, looking to build strong, resilient desire and to embrace female sexuality. It will also be of use to couples who are dealing with sexual dissatisfaction, as well as all mental health professionals involved in the fields of marriage, couple, and sex therapy.
"Barry and Emily McCarthy have done it again. They offer a clear voice and a wholistic frame for adult bonded loving sexuality. Everyone who works with couples or sexuality should read this book."
— Dr. Sue Johnson, EdD, author of Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families
"Finding Your Sexual Voice leaves no stone unturned in its relentless debunking of sex-related myths and framing of sexual health in its appropriate sociocultural context. This book is rooted in science and readers can trust McCarthy and McCarthy who have their fingertips embedded in the science as well as the stories. This book is a must for anyone interested in improving their sexual health, and it is delivered in the most accessible, entertaining, and relatable manner."
— Dr. Lori A. Brotto, PhD, R. Psych., Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health, Professor at the University of British Columbia, Registered Psychologist, and author of Better Sex Through Mindfulness
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The War Between Women and Men Chapter 2: The New Sexual Mantra: Desire/Pleasure/Eroticism/Satisfaction Chapter 3: First-Class Female Sexuality Chapter 4: Integrating Intimacy, Pleasuring, and Eroticism Chapter 5: Desire: The Core of Sexuality Chapter 6: Nondemand Pleasuring Chapter 7: Integrated Eroticism Chapter 8: Satisfaction: More than Orgasm Chapter 9: The Good Enough Sex (GES) Model Chapter 10: Developing Your Couple Sexual Style Chapter 11: Women and Men as Intimate and Erotic Allies Chapter 12: Satisfying, Secure, and Sexual Marriage Appendix A: Choosing a Sex, Couple, or Individual Therapist Appendix B: Suggested Readings References
About the Authors
Barry McCarthy is a Professor of Psychology at American University, a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, a Diplomate in Sex Therapy, and a Certified Couple Therapist. He has published over 115 professional articles, 32 book chapters, and 17 books. He has presented over 450 professional workshops nationally and internationally. In 2016, he received the SSTAR Masters and Johnson award for lifetime contributions to the sex therapy field.
Emily J. McCarthy received a B.S. degree in speech communication, and her writing and wisdom provides a balanced, humanistic perspective. This is Emily and Barry’s 13th co-authored book.