An epidemic of sexually-transmitted infections and sexual violence is upon us. Political interests are overriding sexual freedom in the name of morality. Marriages are just as likely to fail as they are to succeed. Why, in a time of unprecedented personal liberties and medical knowledge, are so many Americans so uncertain about what constitutes ethical sexual behavior?Sex Appeal is neither a moralistic screed nor a self-indulgent guide to sexual utopia. Instead, it charts a thoughtful course between extremes to present six ethical principles for sexual health and happiness: do no harm, celebrate sex, be careful, know yourself, speak up and speak out, and throw no stones. Sex Appeal elaborates upon each of these principles, asserting that sex can be fun, safe, and life-enhancing if approached in the right spirit and with the information necessary to make wise sexual choices. Providing clear guidelines for individuals seeking answers to their own personal questions about sex, the book also connects these questions to larger issues, such as how we as a society can reduce levels of sexual harm and sexually-transmitted infections, and how everyday individual choices can support this effort. Persuasive and eminently readable, Sex Appeal offers a welcome dose of clarity and common sense to todays most pressing sexual issues.
Oxford University Press; February 2010
- ISBN: 9780199742080
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- Title: Sex Appeal
- Author: Paul Abramson
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In The Press
"Sex Appeal is the beginning of a conversation that has been a long time coming. How can people make safe, ethical choices about sex without sacrificing the fun of it? How can these choices make our lives, and the world, a better place? Paul Abramson explores these questions and more with six key concepts that will help readers to better understand how to prevent sexual harm while safely enjoying all of the benefits sex has to offer. Sex Appeal is provocative and refreshing in its embrace of a kind of sexual freedom that is at once both joyful and thoughtful."--Dr. Ruth Westheimer
"I was quite curous when Sex Appeal: Six Ethical Principles for the Twenty-First Century, a slender volume from Oxford University Press by Paul R. Abramson, a psychology professor at U.C.L.A., crossed my desk. My initial reaction was, Huh, I guess I haven't seen an intellectual (secular) rulebook for sexual conduct (not a how-to bedroom guide) in a while, if I've ever seen one. And I thought, What a great idea. Sex is confusing and our options for edification are both abundant and slight...I do wish that more literature on the subject resembled Abramson's book. It tips the scales...in the right direction."--Reviewed by Macy Halford in The New Yorker: The Book Bench
About The Author
Paul R. Abramson is a professor of psychology at UCLA and one of the worlds leading authorities on sex. He is a former editor of the Journal of Sex Research, a technical advisor to the World Health Organizations global program on AIDS, and the author of many books.