First published in 1987, this book presents contributions from international authorities reviewing major themes in variant sexuality. Genetic and evolutionary arguments are presented for the preponderance of paraphilia in males, whilst Freudian and psychoanalytic theories are shown to have limited scientific basis. These and other topics are reviewed in an interesting book, which will be of particular value to students of the psychology of sexuality, evolutionary biology and psychiatry, as well as those with a more general interest in the social, behavioural and biological aspects of sexuality.
List of Contributors; Preface; 1. Deviation and Variation Alex Comfort 2. Genetic and Hormonal Factors in Human Sexuality: Evolutionary and Developmental Perspectives Raymond E. Goodman 3. Cerebal Aspects of Sexual Deviation Pierre Flor-Henry 4. An Ethological Approach to Sexual Deviation Glenn D. Wilson 5. Logical Models of Variant Sexuality Václav Pinkava 6. The Phylogenetics of Fetishism Arthur W. Epstein 7. Sexual Deviation: Psychoanalytic Research and Theory Paul Kline 8. A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Homosexuality, Transvestism and Trans-sexualism Frederick L. Whittam 9. The Courtship Disorders Ron Langevin and Reuben A. Lang 10. The Sadomasochistic Contract Christopher C. Gosselin; Author Index; Subject Index
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