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The body, nature of sexuality and the erotic

Patrick D. Goonan "see profile for URL"
The list author says: "I am a personal development coach with a graduate background in both biochemistry and psychology. I am also a 25+ year student of the world's wisdom traditions and have done graduate research on human sexuality.

The list below is an attempt to capture HIGH QUALITY resources that will provide you with a useful non-redundant set of resources. Unfortunately, many things written in this area are either NOT high quality or repeat the same messages.

I have included a few examples of erotic and more edgy resources for the more adventorous. However, my purpose in putting together this list is not to tittilate, but to encourage the disappearance of ignorace, guilt and shame around sexuality."
The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment
The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment
"This is my favorite book for understanding the psychology of sex and sexual fantasy.  It is a must-have resource for anyone seriously trying to understand sexual behavior and the paradoxes involved."
The Hite Report: A National Study of Female Sexuality
The Hite Report: A National Study of Female Sexuality
"A very broad and comprehensive study on female sexuality with many quotes from participants which illuminate various aspects of female sexuality."
The Evolution Of Desire - Revised Edition 4
The Evolution Of Desire - Revised Edition 4
"This is another "must have" book.  It explains in detail the evolutionary basis for our sexual behavior including phenomenon such as infidelity, gender preferences, etc.  It's absolutely, fascinating."
The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex
The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex
"This book offers an evolutionary biology perspective on jealousy.  It explains this complex emotion in deep detail and why it is not without value."
The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body
The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body
"This is a very good book by a famous zoologist on the female body, why it evolved the way it did and contains many other interesting biological facts about the female body and sexuality."
Intimate Behaviour: A Zoologist's Classic Study of Human Intimacy
Intimate Behaviour: A Zoologist's Classic Study of Human Intimacy
"A zoologist's perspective on intimate behavior.  However, not an overly reductionistic one as Desmond Morris is very well-read in many areas."
Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism New Edition
Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism New Edition
"This is a book on Sadism by an extremely well-known and bestselling author.  If you ever wanted to understand this type of sexual behavior, this book will help."
Dear Lover: A Woman's Guide To Men, Sex, And Love's Deepest Bliss
Dear Lover: A Woman's Guide To Men, Sex, And Love's Deepest Bliss
"This is a beautifully written book by David Deida about a women's deepest yearnings.  It also gives an inside perspective on woman's sexuality from the point of view of the author who is well-respected in this area."
A General Theory of Love
A General Theory of Love
"While this book is not about sex per se, it explains human love and bonding.  It also helps contextualize sexuality and some of the paradoxes involved."
Will Our Love Last?: A Couple's Road Map
Will Our Love Last?: A Couple's Road Map
"A great and unique book on relationship compatability that includes a lot of information on sexual chemistry and exercises for couple's to look at this dimension of their relationship."
Skin: A Natural History
Skin: A Natural History
"This is a great book on the natural history of skin.  It involves the importance of touch and sex, but isn't completely sexually oriented."
Getting Our Bodies Back
Getting Our Bodies Back
"A book about healing the mind/body split by a very reputable somatic psychologist and author."
Body: Recovering Our Sensual Wisdom
Body: Recovering Our Sensual Wisdom
"Another excellent book on reclaiming the body.  This also does a great job of illuminating assumptions and cultural biases that are erroneous and perpetuate disconnection from the body."
Philosophy in the Flesh: the Embodied Mind & its Challenge to Western Thought
Philosophy in the Flesh: the Embodied Mind & its Challenge to Western Thought
"This is a scholarly book about how even cognition is tied to somatic or bodily experience and that the edifice of consciousness and thinking rests upon this foundation."
Men in Love: Men's Sexual Fantasies : the Triumph of Love Over Rage
Men in Love: Men's Sexual Fantasies : the Triumph of Love Over Rage
"A compendium of men's fantasies compiled by a therapist.  This gives a nice cross section of the gamut of men's fantasies and most certainly fits the criteria for erotica."
My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies
My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies
"Women's descriptions of their sexual fantasies.  This is a good book to give a sense of this and also good erotica."
Forbidden Flowers: More Women's Sexual Fantasies
Forbidden Flowers: More Women's Sexual Fantasies
"More erotica on forbidden topics.  This is high quality material that was ground breaking at the time in terms of women coming forward about their sexuality."
Anal Pleasure & Health: A Guide for Men and Women
Anal Pleasure & Health: A Guide for Men and Women
"A reputable author writing about anal sex.  This is a good guide for anyone who is curious and wants to protect their health."
The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance
The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance
"This is an entertaining and sexy book on female dominance.  If you are shy, but curious, you will probably really like it."
The Evolution of Human Sexuality
The Evolution of Human Sexuality
"Great study in human sexuality.  Read my review for more details."
Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut
Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut
"This is a sociological study of adolescent female sexuality from the inside.  It is well done and a good read."
Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping (Live Girls)
Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping (Live Girls)
"An inside look at the world of erotic dancing.  It is not all pretty as one would expect."
Tantric Sex
Tantric Sex
"While I don't think Western Tantra truly is representative as Tantra as a whole, this book is one of the better ones in this genre."
The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love
The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love
"Good book on the spiritual function of sex.  It is eloquent and examines the complexity of the human condition."
Finding God Through Sex: Awakening the One of Spirit Through the Two of Flesh
Finding God Through Sex: Awakening the One of Spirit Through the Two of Flesh
"An interesting and educated perspective by a sensitve and thought provoking author.  I think the sub-title says it all."
Sex Smart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do about It
Sex Smart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do about It
"Good food for thought for most of us adults.  Fits well with the content of The Erotic Mind above."
Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development
Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development
"A book about normal childhood curiosity, sexuality and development."
Silent Lives: How High a Price?: For Personal Reflections and Group Discussions about Sexual Orientation
Silent Lives: How High a Price?: For Personal Reflections and Group Discussions about Sexual Orientation
"This is a popular book on sexual orientation with reflections and group discussions."
A Funny Thing Happened On My Way to Sexual Orientation
A Funny Thing Happened On My Way to Sexual Orientation
"A good and humorous book about coming out.  Very insightful."
Now That You Know: A Parents' Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children, Updated Edition
Now That You Know: A Parents' Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children, Updated Edition
"A book for individuals and families about coming out.  This is geared toward dealing with anxities, fears and the challenges involved."
Homosexuality and Civilization
Homosexuality and Civilization
"A famous, popular and well-respected reference on homosexuality throughout history."
The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities
The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities
"A humorous, but poignant look at sexual ethics in a modern context.  See my review for more details."
Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits : Secrets of Sustainable Intimate Relationships
Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits : Secrets of Sustainable Intimate Relationships
"An well-respected pro-polyamory point of view.  This is about having multiple partners within an honest framework and making it work."
Private Lies: Infidelity and the Betrayal of Intimacy
Private Lies: Infidelity and the Betrayal of Intimacy
"My hands down favorite book on infidelity and the complexities involved.  I also think it is the best navigational beacon in terms of ethical behavior."
The Monogamy Myth: A Personal Handbook for Recovering from Affairs, Third Edition
The Monogamy Myth: A Personal Handbook for Recovering from Affairs, Third Edition
"A good resource for dealing with infidelity issues.  It's short and high quality."
The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People
The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People
"A look at the biological basis for arguing that we are not a monogamous specifies from a biological perspective."
Sex and Spirit: An Illustrated Guide to Sacred Sexuality
Sex and Spirit: An Illustrated Guide to Sacred Sexuality
"An excellent illustrated look at cross cultural and historical views on the nature of sex and spirit."
Women, Sex, and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power
Women, Sex, and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power
"Best book I know of for women on sexual addiction and co-dependence."
Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict
Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict
"Good book on general dyanamics of sexual addiction.  This contains a lot of cognitive principles and covers a lot of ground."
Sexual Infidelity - Overcoming Your Hurt
Sexual Infidelity - Overcoming Your Hurt
"My own small contribution to this area.  If you read it, please take a few minutes to review it.  I hope to write a longer book in the future within this field."