The Nature of Sexual Desire (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Psychology - 218 pages
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Although there has been much discussion about things like the causes, loss, and maintenance of sexual desire, there has been little research into the nature of sexual desire itself. Consequently, most of the discussions on these topics have gone on without any clear idea about what it is that is being discussed. Readers will be interested that at last there is a full-length book that attempts to say what sexual desire is. Further, this book takes an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, drawing on a wide range of texts and research. Drawing on such diverse sources as psychology, philosophy, and biology, a thorough discussion of sexual desire is presented. Giles starts by showing why sexual desire is an existential problem and then follows with an examination of the nature of desire. From here the sexual process is examined and its relation to sexual desire is explored. This view of sexual desire is then used to explain the nature of romantic love, different orientations in love, and love's relation to sexual desire. It is argued that sexual desire has its roots in desires for vulnerability, care, and the experience of gender.
  

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Contents

The Problem of Sexual Desire
1
The Nature of Desire
8
The Sexual Process
17
Ellis and the Mechanism of Detumescence
18
Freud and the Pleasures of Excitation
20
Reichs Orgastically Satisfying Sex Act
26
Masters and Johnsons Sexual Response Cycle
30
The Place of Sexual Desire in the Sexual Process
35
The Experience of Gender
95
Gender and the Genitals
96
The Place of Gender in Sexual Orientation
108
The Twoness of Gender in Sexual Desire
121
The Structure of Being in Love
137
Love as the Desire for Vulnerability and Care
147
The NonExclusiveness of Love
155
Ways of Being in Love
161

The Phenomenology of the Sexual Process
44
The Object of Sexual Desire
51
Erotic Pleasure
57
Sexual Activity
64
From Baring and Caressing to Vulnerability and Care
74
The Atypical Sexual Variations
86
Loves Relation to Sexual Desire
171
Epilogue Sexual Desire as an Existential Need
179
References
189
Index
203
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James Giles is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guam.

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