This year the "look" of the Annual Review of Sex Research is radically changed--the result of its incorporation as a special issue of the Journal of Sex Research. The hope is that the articles in the Annual Review issue will reach a larger audience, and the process of selecting and reviewing manuscripts will become more efficient.
Perhaps what is more important is what has not changed: the goal of producing a volume that contains a mix of high quality, highly readable reviews from experts in the field, covering the full range of topics on sexuality. As part of this goal, I encourage authors to think creatively about both their choice of topic and their approach to the subject matter. I attempt to include ideas and pieces that the readership may not ordinarily encounter in their sexuality-related study or practice. I will let you judge whether this volume of the Annual Review has successfully achieved this goal.
We begin with Soble's "A History of Erotic Philosophy"--ideas and perspectives about which every student of sexuality should be aware. Articles by Bancroft, Graham, Janssen, and Sanders ("The Dual Control Model: Current Status and Future Directions") and van Lankveld ("Self-Help Therapies for Sexual Dysfunction") explore important developments in the understanding and treatment of sexual dysfunctions. Read Hunt and Jung's overview ("'Good Sex' and Religion: A Feminist Overview") not so much as a critical review but as a process of uncovering points of intersection regarding religions, cultures, and women's sexuality. …