Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality

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Since there are now a large number of texts on the subject of human sexuality, some of which are comprehensive in their coverage of sex research, I have concluded that a second edition of this text is justified on the basis of its distinctive perspective. I have been concerned with the subject of human sexuality for most of my life, but not as a sex researcher, nor primarily as a sex educator though I have done a bit of both. My concern has arisen out of my continuing struggle to make sense out of, and enrich my experience of life. Sexuality is an important part of my life, but only a part. I see the world as I do in large measure because I am a male. I cannot escape my gender completely, but my anatomy does not determine what I think or feel about my world and within my experience I am aware of both feminine and masculine elements. Sexual pleasure through touching, scent, and orgasmic release is a very basic joy in my life, but it has not always been so. As seems true of most people of my generation, my parents did not discuss sexual matters very much. But the very lack of discussion contributed to my sense that sex was somehow indecent. The Kinsey reports enabled me as a teenager to talk about sexual issues with my parents--not as my sexual concerns directly but as "someone else's." Perhaps in reaction to my parent's reticence I have been inclined to talk more about sex with my daughters than they sometimes find fitting.

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