Marriage, the Family, and Personal Fulfillment

By David A. Schulz; Stanley F. Rodgers | Go to book overview

The human body has no other parts as fascinating as the sexual organs. Venerated and vilified, concealed and exhibited, the human genitals have elicited a multitude of varied responses. They have been portrayed in every art form, praised and damned in poetry and prose, mutilated with religious fervor, and amputated in insane frenzy.

Many of us combine a lively interest in the sex organs with an equally compelling tendency either to deny such interest or to be ashamed of it. There are [people] who have been married for years, who have engaged in sexual intercourse countless times, but who never looked frankly and searchingly at each other's genitals. Nor is this aversion merely a matter of prudishness. To many people the sex organs appear neither beautiful nor sexy when viewed directly. Unfortunately, although concealment may promote desire, it also perpetuates ignorance.

Herant A. Katchadourian
and Donald T. Lunde


INTRODUCTION

Our scientific understanding of human sexuality is largely confined to anatomy and the reproductive process. Very little is known about sexual response outside of reproduction. More than twenty centuries ago Aristotle observed that the testes were raised inside the scrotum during sexual intercourse; not until the 1950s did Masters and Johnson confirm this observation in the laboratory. It seems incredible, giving the universality of sex, that we should know so little about it.


6 THE BIOLOGY OF SEX AND REPRODUCTION

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xv
  • 1 - Introduction 12
  • Part One - On Becoming Partners 15
  • 2 - On Partnerships 16
  • Introduction 17
  • 3 - Confirmation and Communication 35
  • 4 - Conflict in Intimate Partnerships 55
  • Introduction 79
  • 5 - Developing Partnerships 81
  • Part Two - Human Sexuality 111
  • 6 - The Biology of Sex and Reproduction 112
  • Introduction 113
  • 7 - On Birth Control 145
  • Introduction 170
  • 8 - The Art of Lovemaking 173
  • 9 - Sex Roles and Social Interaction 195
  • Part Three - Marriage 213
  • 10 - Marriage in Historical and Cultural Perspective 214
  • Introduction 215
  • 11 - Husbands and Wives 239
  • 12 - Parents and Children 269
  • Introduction 285
  • Summary 304
  • 14 - Disorganization and Divorce 307
  • Introduction 324
  • Part Four - Alternatives 327
  • 15 - Developing Styles for Singles 329
  • 16 - Communes and Multiple Marriages 349
  • Part Five - The Future of Marriage 371
  • 17 - Fantasies, Forecasts, and Trends 372
  • Introduction 373
  • Selected Bibliography 393
  • Index 403
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