Connections between Sexuality and Aggression

Connections between Sexuality and Aggression

Connections between Sexuality and Aggression

Connections between Sexuality and Aggression

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In the early 1980s, when I contemplated writing a text on interdependencies between aggressive and sexual behaviors and eventually wrote the initial version of this book, psychology and related fields had started to embrace sex education as their new-found mission. Sex-education courses quickly became part of the core undergraduate curriculum. An avalanche of textbooks followed. All this in contrast to the teaching about aggression. Aggression, although not exactly a trivial phenomenon in human affairs, never became part of the core curriculum. Educationally speaking, any consideration of its causes, functions, and consequences was, and still is, relegated to the occasional seminar.

Regarding graduate education, the indicated imbalance is less pronounced, if at all existent. Both aggressive and sexual behaviors have received much scholarly attention. Monographs and anthologies on the one or the other behavior abound. In them, even the possibility of linkages between aggression and sexuality received a considerable amount of attention. However, such attention comes mostly in the form of asides, rather than as observation or contention reflective of focal interest. Moreover, the few publications in which the association between aggression and sexuality is of focal interest are isolated within particular disciplines and, in this sense, are narrow and unintegrated with potentially pertinent evidence from other fields. Revelations about linkages between aggression and sexuality thus tended to be eclectic and scattered about. Interdisciplinary organization lacking, there has been little exchange of information between investigators from different disciplines, and esoteric research has often been the result. At the very least, investigators in any particular discipline had little knowledge of what their colleagues in other disciplines had accomplished in their . . .

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