Sex Matters for Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self

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When it comes to matters of sex, women today are trapped in a reality gap portrayed by the media as confident and fulfilled; yet struggling in everyday life with sexual myths, self-doubt, and "embarrassing" questions. Now women can find the answers they need to take charge of their sexuality both in and outside of the bedroom. This book presents solid, science-based information on the topics that everyone is talking about and those that aren't talked about enough, from how to have more satisfying sex, to questions about hormones, anatomy, STDs, body image, relationships, sexual orientation, and more. Also included are thought-provoking exercises for self-discovery and sexual growth. The book concludes with an extensive listing of suggested books, websites, and organizations. For readers of all ages, this essential reference provides up-to-date advice on the many ways that sex matters in women's lives. [FOR PROFESSIONAL USE, ADD: It will also serve as a useful text in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level human sexuality courses.]

Winner--Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) Consumer Book Award

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After 1960, the birth control pill and changing cultural mores promised women the freedom to explore and celebrate their sexuality. Yet decades later, women are still disappointed and dissatisfied sexually. Sex Matters for Women promises to "help you succeed where the sexual revolution failed" in finding sexual fulfillment. The authors, all sex therapists, have packed this self-help guide with information, anecdotes, and exercises for women of all ages and orientations. They explain anatomy and sexual functioning in detail, but they also acknowledge that your sexual response is affected by more than your body parts. Your sexual history, body image, and the quality of your relationship play a huge role. You'll explore where your attitudes and difficulties come from and examine both the physiological and emotional components of your sexuality. Dozens of exercises show you how to start to make changes today that will enhance your quality of life as well as your sexuality. "You can spend your entire life capable of sexual response, pleasure, and enjoyment," promise the authors. "To what extent, and in what ways, you fulfill the promise of your adult sexuality is up to you." This warm and practical guide shows you how to get started. --Joan Price

About the Author:

Sallie Foley, MSW, is a certified sex therapist, educator, and supervisor. She is a Senior Clinical Social Worker at the Sexual Health Counseling Services of the University of Michigan, where she is also on the faculty of the Graduate School of Social Work. Recognized for her expertise in couple and sex therapy, she writes and lectures nationally and is frequently interviewed in the media.

Sally A. Kope, MSW, is a certified sex therapist, supervisor, and couple counselor in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and serves on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School. She has written and lectured widely, and is frequently cited in the media.

Dennis P. Sugrue, PhD, a clinical psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School, is the current President of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Dr. Sugrue is an expert in human sexuality who has been featured in media including Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, and Glamour.

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