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Sex Is Not A Natural Act And Other Essays

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This collection of sexologist Leonore Tiefer’s essays includes popular as well as professional writings and lectures on the social construction of sexuality. Tiefer’s background as a sexologist is unusually broad, including rodent copulation research, sex therapy, classification of dysfunctions and feminist analysis. Her wit and passion are evident in such essays as “The K ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published December 5th 1994 by Westview Press
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Julia
Fantastic! Tiefer is as formidable a feminist theorist as she is a psychologist, plus funny to boot. This is a fascinating book exploring how sexuality is socially constructed in contemporary American culture and how medicalization and the pharmaceutical industry are doggedly at work to erase the contexts that make sexuality as complicated and nuanced as it really is. This would be an easy and accessible read even if you have no background in sex research or feminist theory, but incredibly insig ...more
Sophia
Sex is not an natural act and other essays is a compilation of feminist sexologist Lenore Tiefer's writings. Starting out studying hormones and mating behaviors in hamsters, Dr. Tiefer later re-specialized in clinical psychology, and was at one time seeing erectile dysfunction patients and their sexual partners at the urology department at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Thus, she speaks from a unique vantage point, clearly, passionately, and articulately.
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Leslie
This book would make me legitimately angry, except it's gotten to the point where it's just a joke. The very biased message is pounded into the reader over and over with no real basis or reasoning, is very femminaziesque, and doesn't even take into account other points of view except to completely bash on them.
Patrick Landazuri
my goodness, one of the best books i had to read in undergrad. i read this for Psych 690: Scientific and Cultural Perspectives of Sexuality (cross listed as a women studies class and easily the best title of a course I took). It was a goodin'
Madelyn
I really wish I had my copy of this book here with me in Oxford; it's just pop psychology and easy-Foucaultian analysis, but I like a little ease in all honesty.
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