Accessibly written, this interdisciplinary book reviews theory and research on the characteristics of sexual desire, the individual physical and mental factors that influence the experience of sexual desire (hormones, age, gender, beliefs, mood), the various partner characteristics that incite sexual desire (attractiveness) and the association between sexual desire and interpersonal, relational events and experiences (romantic love). The book concludes with an examination of the personal, interpersonal and societal implications of sexual desire. Throughout, the authors draw on findings from their own body of research on sexual and romantic attraction, as well as on an extensive review of the relevant social, behavioural and medical science

Sexual Desire: Historical Perspectives

Sexual desire: Historical perspectives

In this increasingly liberal political and social climate, courses on human sexuality and “sex education” appear with regularity in college, high school, and even junior high school curricula. Consequently, sexuality textbooks now abound, and it is to one of these texts that the student interested in sexual desire is likely to go to learn more about the subject. Unfortunately, what the student finds in human sexuality texts is an almost exclusive focus on the physiology of sexual response. There are wonderfully exact depictions of human sexual anatomy, volumes of information about the prevalence of various sexual behaviors, and detailed lists of the genital and physiological events associated with sexual arousal. But there is very little mention of sexual ...

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