The perfect balance between science and pedagogy. Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity, 7e examines the rich diversity found in human sexuality and helps students develop their own opinions by promoting critical thinking skills, personal sexual health awareness, and responsible decision-making. Firmly rooted in science, the text systematically encourages students to apply the research to their own lives.
Professional text with unprofessional commentary
By freetolio "freetolio" - April 12, 2005
Having majors in both the natural and social sciences, I can honestly say this is a very unprofessionally written text for just a single reason. There are constant, in-text, one-sided diatribes between the "first author" and the "third author." The third author is the ever-lovable Lois Fichner-Rathus who is married to the first author. The problem is that this woman takes numerous opportunities to slam males and masculinity throughout the text (without any similar asides from the male authors).
One section I remember in a not-so-fond manner is where the "third author" rants about how men can't help but be competitive, even with animals, on page 119. On page 23, there is a footnote that reads, "The first and second authors of this text [males] point out that it is not necessarily advantageous for females to have the ability to discriminate duds from winners. The third author confesses that she wishes she had had that capacity years ago."
By Andariel Halo "Disillusioned Smark" - December 8, 2008
My star rating may be a bit too harsh for a book that does indeed go and define human sexuality and the subjects therein, but when you're reading a textbook on the subject, you have to expect that even the most dismal and pathetic of textbooks would ever cover the subjects they are supposed to cover, or else they would never end up in a classroom.
Instead in this book, amidst the subject comes what screams to be amateurish writing, questionable facts, and just plain bad humor, occasionally used to mask the fact that the authors' touch on certain subjects they just don't know.
As I can't draw on every single example from memory, I'll deal with what examples I can:
- Tantric Sex: The authors know absolutely nothing about what tantric sex is. A "Q&A" section is opened up asking about it, and the authors proceed to ramble on incoherently, with such "things" as "it's like having a tantrum! Sorry, bad pun", before proceeding to say it's everything from... read more
Should be required reading at the high school level
By Love-my-guns Man "Destitute trucker" - July 8, 2008
I'm taking a "Sexual Psychology" class, and this book details the nature of humans' need for sexual gratification. It gives detail illustrations and picts on both, the male and female genitals, how and why they work, the chemical actions that take place inside the human body which causes men and women to seek each other out, either of the opposite gender, or the same gender. It gives in fine detail, how a fertilized egg develops into a male or female; how the sperm cell's chromosome will influence the egg into forming either the female or male genitals. I mention "female" first because the human egg cell is defaulted to develop into a female, unless the sperm cell says otherwise. The book fails to mention that not all sperm cells are designed to fertilize the egg, which implies the authors disagree with the British findings. I recommend "Sperm Wars" by Robin Baker (to learn what the author neglects to mention about sperm), also available on Amazon. The authors detail not only... read more