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The most respected and authoritative college textbook available on human sexuality, this thirteenth edition of OUR SEXUALITY has been thoroughly and carefully updated to reflect the most current research findings. It is the first college text to deliver cutting-edge and in-depth emphasis on the impact of politics on sexuality. Crooks and Baur engage students with the most exciting, emerging research and coverage, and focus on strengthening self-awareness and sexual intelligence.

Robert L. Crooks,

The integration of psychological, social, and biological components of human sexuality in this text is facilitated by the authors' combined academic and professional backgrounds. Robert Crooks has a Ph.D. in psychology. His graduate training stressed clinical and physiological psychology, and he has considerable background in sociology. His involvement with teaching human sexuality classes at the university, college, and medical school levels spans over two decades. Bob and his wife, Sami Tucker, have been involved in the establishment and implementation of HIV/AIDS intervention programs in two areas of Kenya, one in the central region and one in a coastal area. Over the previous 12 years their work with these projects includes designing a research strategy for assessing behavior change, developing a peer educator-based educational strategy, and conducting training sessions for Kenyan peer educator staff. Over many years they have traveled to African frequently and devoted many months to the evolving Kenyan programs.

Karla Baur,

Karla Baur has a master's degree in social work; her advanced academic work stressed clinical training. She is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, specializing in couples and sex therapy. Karla has provided clinical supervision, seminars, and lectures for other mental health therapists and professional groups. She has taught human sexuality and female sexuality classes at Portland Community College, Portland State University, and Clark College. At Oregon Health Sciences University she taught a human sexuality course and coached medical students in taking sexual histories with patients. Karla was also involved in a six-week program in Kenya to train HIV/AIDS Prevention Peer Educators. She has been certified as a sex educator, therapist, and sex therapy supervisor by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She is currently developing a play about the nuances and complexities of male sexuality with her collaborator, composer/writer Fred Strong.
  • New tables and figures enhance students' grasp of information. Topics include the neural pathways in the female pelvis that account for individual variations in sexual response, major religions' stances on same sex marriage, the dramatic difference in effectiveness of contraceptive methods over a 10 year period of use, the increase in state abortion restrictions, the decline in marriage rates (categorized by race and education level), the percentages of married individuals in various generation groups, and a comparison between the U.S. and other countries for maternity and paternity leave.
  • Throughout the thirteenth edition, the authors have added new coverage and updated existing material. Examples include the controversies related to the Affordable Care Act and access to no-cost contraception, cross cultural attitudes about casual sex, the phenomenon of slut-shaming, the clitourethrovaginal complex and its role in female sexual arousal, sexual fantasy (expanded section), and "kink lite" (new topic).
  • New and updated topics include new terms for nuances of sexual orientation, developments in gay civil rights, telemedicine and medical abortions, circumcision, prostate cancer, sex chromosome disorders, transsexualism and transgenderism, gender role development, the role of hormones in sexual behavior, love and styles of attachment, the physical changes of adolescence, adolescent sexting and adolescents online, adolescent homosexuality, adolescent pregnancy, rape and child sexual abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases (especially AIDS).
  • The addition of about 2,000 new citations reflects the most recent research in sexology.
  • MindTap for Our Sexuality engages students with important course concepts through interactive multimedia activities, quizzes and discussion. The MindTap learning path guides students to success with specific digital assets that increase interaction of students and instructors, and social tools like videos, discussion and photo sharing that improve academic discourse around the sensitive subject area of human sexuality.
  • Sexual health information within every chapter is identified by a Sexual Health icon in the margin, and in-depth topics are found in special boxes. Some examples include "Genital Self-Exam for Women", "How to Examine Your Breasts", "Male Genital Self-Examination", and "Dealing with Rape and Attempted Rape".
  • Spotlight on Research feature boxes present the most up-to-date research and research controversies in the field of sexuality.
  • Critical Thinking questions integrated throughout encourage students to stop, think, and apply knowledge and experience while developing their personal perspective of sexuality.
  • OUR SEXUALITY endeavors to assist professors in increasing students' sexual intelligence. In Chapter One, the authors introduce the first of the four components included in their definition of sexual intelligence -- knowing about the critical role that politics plays in sexual arenas. The other components of sexual intelligence covered in the text include: understanding oneself sexually; having interpersonal sexual skills and integrity; and knowing accurate scientific sexual information.
  • This inclusive text covers "our" sexuality in an accessible, straightforward manner, with emphasis on the historical background and politics of human sexuality.
  • The text explores the similarities in the human experience of sexual and relationship matters that cross cultural boundaries and sexual orientation lines. The Author Files quote real people's experiences and attitudes, enabling students to discover that they're not so different from everyone else. Sexuality and Diversity sections are highlighted in every chapter.
  • The Sex and Politics sections in each chapter examine the issue of value judgments that become public policy and what this means to sexual knowledge and sexual choices. Examples include "The Power of Pro-Life Anti-Contraception Politics", "'Intactivists' Attempt to Criminalize Circumcision in San Francisco", "Antigay Harassment/Bullying of Teenagers", "Sex Research under Siege", "Abstinence Only Sex Ed", and "Marriage in Crisis".
1. Perspectives on Sexuality.
2. Sex Research: Methods and Problems.
3. Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology.
4. Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology.
5. Gender Issues.
6. Sexual Arousal and Response.
7. Love and Communication in Intimate Relationships.
8. Sexual Behaviors.
9. Sexual Orientations.
10. Contraception.
11. Conceiving Children: Process and Choice.
12. Sexuality During Childhood and Adolescents.
13. Sexuality and the Adult Years.
14. Sexual Difficulties and Solutions.
15. Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
16. Atypical Sexual Behavior.
17. Sexual Coercion.
18. Sex for Sale.
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