Perspectives on Human Sexuality
SUNY Press, 1999 M01 1 - 503 páginas
In a book destined to become the standard reference on human sexuality, Bolin and Whelehan provide the first ever treatment that includes both the biological aspects and the cultural influences of this basic and much examined part of life. Never before has a book offered such a broad analysis including both anthropological perspectives as well as anatomical and physiological viewpoints. Included are many photographs and illustrations, making Perspectives on Human Sexuality a much needed resource.
By offering an anthropological perspective to understanding human sexuality, how it developed over millions of years and how it is embedded in specific socio-cultural contexts, the authors present a broad-based analysis of human sexuality. Specifically, Bolin and Whelehan offer unique perspectives on modern human male and female anatomy and physiology; pregnancy and childbirth as a bio-cultural experience; various topics in adult sexuality, such as life-course issues related to gender identity; sexual orientations, behaviors, and lifestyles; and discussions of HIV and AIDS.
Using these topics the authors differentiate culture-specific sexual behavior from what we share as a species. This helps to place sexual behavior in the United States in a larger context as well as reduces the tendency to view nonwesterners as the "other" or exotic, thereby promoting a clearer understanding of the complex phenomenon labeled "human sexuality."
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Introduction History and Context
Anthropological and Sexological Views
Evolution of Biological Structures Related to Modern Sexual Behavior
Introduction to the Hormonal Basis of Modern Human Sexuality
Modern Human Male Anatomy and Physiology
Modern Human Female Anatomy and Physiology
Fertility Conception and Sexual Differentiation
Pregnancy and Childbirth as a BioCultural Experience
Topics in Adult Sexuality Human Sexual Response and Birth Control
Topics in Adult Sexuality Life CourseIssues Related to Gender Identity Gender Roles and Aging
Sexual Orientations Behaviors and LifeStyles
HIV Infection and AIDS
Conclusions and Summary
Early Childhood Sexuality
Puberty and Adolescence