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The Psychology of Sex

By Meg John Barker

© 2018 – Routledge

138 pages

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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

Sexuality

  • A fixed, binary identity?
  • All about gender?

Sex

  • A basic human drive?
  • Penises, Vaginas and Orgasms?

Categorising Sex

  • Functional and dysfunctional sex?
  • Normal and abnormal sex?

Sex Today

  • Porn culture and sex addicts?
  • Sexual subjectification?

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.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAM029000
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Love & Romance
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY003000
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSY016000
PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality
PSY031000
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
SOC026010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies