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ISBN-13: 978-0195146097 ISBN-10: 0195146093 Edition: Rev Sub

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Rev Sub edition (September 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195146093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195146097
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stimulating and informative and written with ample wit.... The authors' central argument is that sex is for pleasure, not procreation, because it is usually pleasure that provides the motivating force for human sexual activity."--Scientific American

"A fresh and theoretically enticing approach to the study of human sexuality....Sure to spark intense debate among those concerned with the study of human sexuality."--Kirkus Reviews

"Abramson and Pinkerton amass an array of evidence that sexuality in all of its myriad manifestations is inherently pleasurable. Moreover, they argue that sex-as-pleasure is primary over sex-as-reproduction as the evolutionary and psychological motivator for seeking sexual outlets. Furthermore, they insist that embracing all consensual, adult sexuality will make sex safer and perpetuate the species but with increased pleasure. Thus, With Pleasure is a scholarly, provocative, and brave book that will both evoke discomfort in the sexual puritan and instill hope in the sexual liberal as it increases the tolerance of all to the celebration of sexual pleasure."--Donald L. Mosher, Professor of Psychology, University of Connecticut

"With Pleasure is a thought-provoking, insightful examination that takes pleasure out of the closet and challenges us to rethink commonly-held assumptions about the nature of sexuality. It is a welcome addition to my library that I predict will drive public discussion and future academic research."--Angela Pattatucci, Associate Investigator, National Institutes of Health

"A great book for a society in which puritans from the left and right tell us that sex without reproduction is unnatural and wrong. This view fails to take into account the behavior of some of our closest animal relatives. With Pleasure successfully broadens the view of the role of sex in society by presenting a more informed picture of nature."--Frans de Waal, author of Chimpanzee Politics and Peacemaking among Primates

About the Author

Paul R. Abramson is one of the world's most eminent scientists in the field of human sexuality. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a former editor of the Journal of Sex Research. He has been a technical advisor to the World Health Organization's Global Program on A.I.D.S. and is the author of six books, including Sexual Nature, Sexual Culture and Sarah: A Sexual Biography. Steven D. Pinkerton recently received a doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Pinkerton has written extensively in the areas of human sexuality and A.I.D.S. prevention and is presently pursuing a broad research agenda in psychology and the behavioral sciences as a post-doctoral fellow at U.C.L.A. .

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Emberek on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an intriguing book, provocative in its content and noteworthy in its presentation. In terms of presentation, the book is not just social science or behavioral science but has something of the flavor of a legal brief. That is, the authors are concerned not only to expand a reader's conception of human sexuality but to argue that such an expanded conception is a good thing. They militate against narrow views of human sexuality by bringing in evidence from primate behavior and from human societies that are outside the mainstream. The central argument of the book is that sex, as the authors have observed it in its various forms, does not have as its primary end procreation but is an act done, well, "with pleasure" and therefore has procreation as its byproduct. And then the authors take off their empirical behavioral-science hats and go into advocacy mode: since sex is observed to be done "with pleasure," everybody therefore should see sex as primarily about pleasure and not procreation. And the authors go from observational mode to advocacy mode quite seamlessly, "with pleasure," I should say. The authors don't have to go out of their way to provoke; some of the information presented here is so eye-widening as to be provocative in its own right. The book is overall quite entertaining, and I recommend it to open-minded readers wishing to be entertained and as well to more conservative readers willing to be open-minded, at least for the duration of the reading of the book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Steven Weiss on May 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Professors Abramson and Pinkerton have done an admirable job analyzing human sexuality from a modern (i.e., multi-disciplinary) perspective. Their thoughtful presentation demonstrates great moral and intellectual courage. Consequently, I predict their book will be kindly received by thoughtful individuals well into the future. A hearty thanks to the authors for having written this ground-breaking book!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Very informational and educational. Easy to read and not dull as expected.
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