Saturday, 9 March 2013

PERSONAL STORIES OF "HOW I GOT INTO SEX"



ISBN-13: 978-1-57392-115-2
Editors: Bonnie Bullough, Vern L. Bullough, Marilyn A. Fithian, William E. Hartman & Randy Sue Klein

Title: Personal Stories of "How I Got Into Sex"
Subtitle: Leading Researchers, Sex Therapists, Educators, Prostitutes, Transsexuals, Criminologists, Clergy, and more...

Introduction: Bonnie Bullough, Vern L. Bullough, Marilyn A. Fithian, William E. Hartman & Randy Sue Klein
Language: English
Place of Publication: Amherst, New York
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Year of Publication: 1997
Format: 157x231mm
Pages: 480 printed on acid-free paper
Illustrations: 40 single colour pictures
Jacket Design: Jacqueline Cooke
Binding: Boards in duotone dust jacket
Original Price: N/A
Weight: 845gr.
Entry No.: 2013006
Entry Date: 8th March 2013





BOOK DESCRIPTION


Sex is the most basic human drive, and has been the subject of endless speculation. Yet those who have set out tos tudy the wondrous diversity of sexuality have often been met with resistance and ridicule.

If you're interested in sex-and who isn't?-here'is a book you have to read. "How I Got into Sex" is a fascinating collection of over forty individuals ranging in age from their mid-twenties to their mid-eighties, each of whom has a unique story to tell about the forces and influences that led to his or her interest in entering the sex field. Among the contributors are male-to-female and female-to-male transsexuals, cross-dressers, openly gay men and lesbians, a sex for toy manufacturer, a married Catholic priest, a sex surrogate, and a musician-turned-sexologist.


Everyone is a student of sex; but who are today's sex and gender professionals? Sexology, or sexual science, is a comparatively young field, although its modern roots go back many decades and its history, rooted in philosophy, anatomy, physiology, and related sciences, is centuries old. The contributors to this volume come from a variety of fields, including medicine, nursing, history, sociology, law, biology, anthropology, and psychology. While several are academics, others pursue careers as journalists, activists, therapists, or eladers of conciousness-raising groups. Many came to sexology serendipitously. They seemed unconsciously to be following the advice given to famed sexologist William Masters: become established in another field first, establish a "serious" reputation, and then study sex. All those  included here have inherently known that they were treading on delicate areas of the public psyche. In fact, a theme running through this book is how traditional attitudes, particularly the recent climate of intolerance fostered by religious conservatives and others, have negatively afffected funding for sex research and thwarted sex education in schools.


These extraordinarty and intimate life stories show that sexologists are not out merely to get their kicks, but are serious people dedicated to developing and enhancing their profession. Their valuable personal accounts reveal much about our society's current attitude to sex.


Contributors include Clive M.Davis, Milton Diamond, Betty Dodson, Albert Ellis, Robert T. Francoeur, Paul H. Gebhard, Richard Green, Naomi B. McCormick, John Money, June Reinisch, Ira L. Reiss, Martin S. Weinberg, Beverly Whipple, and many others.


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