What can psychology teach us about sex?
How do different bodies and brains respond sexually?
How can we prevent people being stigmatised for their sexuality?
The Psychology of Sex takes you on a tour through the different ways that psychologists have created and sustained certain understandings of sex and sexuality. Bearing in mind the subjective nature of sex, the book explores cultural concerns around sexualisation, pornography, and sex addiction, as well as drawing on research from sexual communities and the applied area of sex therapy.
When so much of our relationship to sex happens in the mind, The Psychology of Sex shows us how important it is to understand where our ideas about sex come from.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Conventional wisdom about sex
A fixed, binary identity?
All about gender?
A basic human drive?
Penises, Vaginas and Orgasms?
Functional and dysfunctional sex?
Normal and abnormal sex?
Porn culture and sex addicts?
Conclusions: Thinking differently about sex
About the Author:
Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. They are a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist. www.rewriting-the-rules.com
About the Series
The Psychology of Everything
People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.
The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.
Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.