Sex is not a natural act and other essays

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Westview Press, Jan 29, 2004 - Psychology - 304 pages
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This newly updated collection features over 50% new material, spotlighting many of Leonore Tiefer's popular as well as professional writings on the social construction of sexuality. It includes a new section on the creation of "female sexual dysfunction" (FSD), as well as new treatments of medicalization, feminist sex therapy, sex and humor, sexology and the pharmaceutical industry, and "The Kiss." Tiefer's background as a sexologist is unusually broad, including animal mating behavior research, medical research, sex therapy, theories about the classification of dysfunctions, and feminist and cultural analysis. Her wit and passion are evident in such recent essays as "Doing the Viagra Tango: Sex Pill as Symbol and Substance," "The McDonaldization of Sex," and "A New Sexual World-Not," as well as the now classic pieces "Six Months at the Daily News," "Women's Sexuality: Not a Matter of Health," and "Am I Normal? The Question of Sex." This revised collection treats complex and controversial aspects of sexuality in colorful, perceptive, and memorable ways.

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User Review  - Patrick Landazuri - Goodreads

my goodness, one of the best books i had to read in undergrad. i read this for Psych 690: Scientific and Cultural Perspectives of Sexuality (cross listed as a women studies class and easily the best title of a course I took). It was a goodin' Read full review


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Leonore Tiefer is clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City and has a private practice in sex therapy and psychotherapy in Manhattan. Recently, Dr. Tiefer has become internationally known as the primary spokesperson for a movement that challenges the medicalization of women's sexual problems by the pharmaceutical industry. Both the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Association for Women in Psychology selected her for their Distinguished Scientific Career Awards in 2004.

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