Perspectives on Human Sexuality

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By offering approaches from biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and social-psychology this book contributes an original perspective to understanding human sexuality, its development over millions of years, and how sexuality is embedded in specific socio-cultural contexts. Includes a broad based analysis of human sexuality by providing a unique view of modern human, male, and female anatomy and physiology; pregnancy and childbirth as a bio cultural experience; various topics in adult sexuality, such as life course issues related to gender Identity; sexual orientations, behaviors, and lifestyles; and discussions of HIV and AIDS. Using these topics, the authors differentiate culture specific sexual behavior from what we share as a species. This helps to place sexual behavior In the United States in a larger context as well as reduces the tendency to view non-westerners as the "other" or exotic, thereby promoting a clearer understanding of the complex, phenomenon labeled "human sexuality."

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Anne Bolin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Elon College. She is the author of In Search of Eve: Transsexual Rites of Passage and editor of The Journal of Sex Research. Patricia Whelehan is Professor of Anthropology and the Campus' AIDS Education Coordinator at State University of New York at Potsdam. She is coeditor of Women and Health: Cross-Cultural Perspectives.

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