"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. .