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Sex therapist and clinical psychologist Aaron provides 'a complete, scientific perspective on what we currently know in the field of sexology' for the nonspecialist, with an emphasis on concrete advice for readers distressed about their own sexual desires and behaviors. The book’s first section describes pervasive social narratives about human sexuality, walking the reader through research that challenges many assumptions. The second section helps readers reject sexual shame and cultivate authentic sexual selves. Throughout, composite case studies drawn from the author’s clinical practice illustrate the damage caused by both sexual shame and social marginalization, as well as the possibility for healing....This title will appeal most to individuals or couples struggling with some aspect of their sexuality, particularly those open to reassurance that they are normal even if not normative: many of the assumptions that Americans make about human sexuality are not supported by current research. , Publishers Weekly

Well, today is a new day. Life is short and NYC-based sex therapist Dr. Michael Aaron has written a new book, Modern Sexuality: The Truth About Sex and Relationships, out this month, to debunk the many myths surrounding human sexuality and kinky sex. In addition to being provocative and funny, the book is backed by the most recent sex science. Below, we run through its five most interesting revelations. Overall, Modern Sexuality encourages us to embrace a more sex-positive (and self-accepting) mindset to overcome social programming. The biggest takeaway? Your kinks are absolutely normal. , Playboy

Dr. Michael Aaron has written an astonishingly good book that instructs, entertains and educates, all in equal measures. The breadth of knowledge concerning human sexuality, both from a historical, political and clinical perspective, is fascinating and bound to help the reader understand what makes us all tick when it comes to turn-ons, turn-offs and just plain lust. -- Christine Milrod, PhD, LMFT, AASECT-CST, Licensed Psychotherapist, Sexologist, and Certified Sex Therapist

Michael Aaron is one of the new, modern warriors against the forces of sexual suppression. In Modern Sexuality, Aaron systematically dismantles the many sexual myths and outright lies which plague our society and lead to so much needless suffering and angst. He brings a powerful new voice to this social dialogue, helping to free people from the shackles of sexual shame. -- David J. Ley

Michael Aaron is a warrior-king of non pathologizing sexuality and Modern Sexuality is his battle-cry against all those who see fit to stigmatize natural sexual deviation as deviance. Aaron uses science to take aim against ignorance and clinical insight to deliver the blow, and I am grateful he's on the front lines of the battle for sexual freedom. -- Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, sex therapist and NY Times best-selling author of She Comes First

Modern Sexuality is a promise fulfilled: that Dr. Michael Aaron can talk anywhere from lecture halls to city streets, and to anyone from seasoned professionals to inquisitive youth, and have his message understood. Michael’s at once incisive and street-smart voice rings clearly and sanely through the noisy canyon of modern sensationalistic sexual chatter. This unparalleled book will be a lasting and significant contribution to sexological and sociological literature. -- David M. Ortmann, LCSW psychotherapist, sex therapist, and co-author of Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities

Anyone who has ever heard their sexuality described as broken, disgusting, or 'sick' will find Modern Sexuality to be a lifesaver--perhaps literally. Aaron cuts through the fog of stigma with his punk rock, no-nonsense brand of sex positivity and makes a compelling, compassionate case for why non-normative sexualities are healthy, natural, and great. When I was younger and struggling to suppress an identity the world told me I wasn't 'supposed' to have, Modern Sexuality would have been like oxygen. I am so grateful that future generations of sexual minorities will have this book, and a champion like Aaron, to fight for us. Read it! -- Jillian Keenan, author of Sex with Shakespeare

A spirited romp through the biology, psychology, and sociology of sex – with an important message for our time. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, Michael Aaron explains why we humans are so darned sexually diverse, why societies condemn all but a narrow slice of this diversity, and how individuals and couples can break free of sexual shame to celebrate their authentic erotic selves. -- Stephen Snyder, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai

Modern Sexuality approaches questions of human sexuality with an eye to the bigger picture of basic human needs and the needs of society, with an up close focus on the struggles of individuals and couples. This book is a great introduction to the current and cutting edge approaches to human sexuality that is personal, approachable, and relevant to therapeutic work, whether that is healing from past experiences or exploring your personal growth. -- Richard A. Sprott, Ph.D., executive director of CARAS (Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities); co-author, Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities

Brimming wit and scintillating stories, Michael Aaron’s fascinating new book, Modern Sexuality, offers the social context, empirical facts, and practical knowledge of sexual diversity to provide readers both a deep understanding of sexual diversity and the tools to navigate their own sexual identities. Using poignant and interesting vignettes from his sex therapy practice and his own extensive study of sexuality, Aaron provides information key to understanding the flood of sexual (mis)information and images that surround us every day. Refreshingly witty and factual without being dry, Aaron clearly has no agenda except for people to accept themselves and express their sexualities in healthy and consensual ways – he could care less if his readers are gay, bi, trans, cis, straight, vanilla, or as kinky as a cheap garden hose. Aaron just wants them to be happy and informed, and Through the Keyhole offers readers insight and guidance for their journeys to sexual freedom and authenticity. -- Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CSE, CASA, expert witness and relationship coach specializing in consensual non-monogamies and BDSM/kink; author of The Polyamorists Next Door (2014), Stories from the Polycule (2015), and When Someone You Love is Polyamorous (2016)

About the Author

Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST, is a nationally certified sex therapist and clinical sexologist, specializing in working with sexual minorities, alternative/kink/polyamory lifestyles, sex workers, discordant desire and infidelity in couples, sexual dysfunction and anxiety, gender and orientation confusion, and sexual compulsivity. He is certified as a Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology. He has been interviewed in numerous media outlets, online podcasts, and magazines, including the New York Times, Wall St Journal, Cosmopolitan,Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Prevention, and He is a member of the Advisory Board of Men’s Fitness Magazine. His website is

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