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Annotated Bibliography: 35 Books That Have Influenced Our Understanding of Sexuality

April/May 1999

As part of its 35th anniversary celebration, SIECUS asked professionals in the fields of sexual health and sexuality education to submit the names of books that have influenced them in the past 35 years.

The result is this SIECUS Annotated Bibliography of "35 Books That Have Influenced Our Understanding of Sexuality."

Thousands of books of human sexuality have been published during the past 35 years. They 35 listed below represent the books that have changed our understanding of sexuality by offering new perspectives, new insights, or new research. By definition, this is a highly selected list.

SIECUS does not sell or distribute the books listed in its bibliographies. Most are available for use, however, in the Mary S. Calderone Library. For those interested in purchasing any of the books, they will find the most current publication date, contact information, and price for each annotation.

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This bibliography was compiled by Amy Levine, M.A., SIECUS librarian, and Lissette Marrero, SIECUS information assistant.


11 Million Teenagers: What Can Be Done About the Epidemic of Adolescent Pregnancies in the United States
The Alan Guttmacher Institute
This was the first widely published booklet on teenage pregnancies in the United States. It discussed key factors as well as the consequences of early childbearing for young mothers, their babies, and society.
1976; out of print; The Alan Guttmacher Institute.

About Your Sexuality
Unitarian Universalist Association
This was the first religious denomination sexuality education curriculum for youth. It has been updated as Our Whole Lives.
1971; out of print; Unitarian Universalist Association, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108; Phone: 800/215-9076; Fax: 617/367-3237; Web site: http://www.uua.org

Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape
Susan Brownmiller
Published in 1975, this book discussed rape from an historical perspective.  The author concluded that the threat, use, and cultural acceptance of sexual force is a pervasive process that affects all women.
1993; $12.50; ISBN: 0-449-90820-8; Random House, Inc., 400 Hahn Road, Westminister, MD 21157; Phone: 800/733-3000; Fax: 800/659-2436; Web site: http://www.randomhouse.com

American Couples
Philip Blumstein, Ph.D. and Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D.
This book was one of the most comprehensive reports on heterosexual and homosexual couples in America. This book looked at how couples deal with money, work, and sex in their lives.
1983; out of print; ISBN: 0-688-03772-0; William Morrow and Company, Inc.

The Best Intentions: Unintended Pregnancy and the Well-Being of Children and Families
Sarah S. Brown and Leon Eisenberg, Editors
This report from the Institute of Medicine brought to light the fact that half of all pregnancies -- not just teenage pregnancies -- in the United States were unplanned. It went on to discuss the relationship of unintended pregnancy in the United States to the health and well-being of children and families. It also provided recommendations for policy, practice, and research.
1995; $29.95; ISBN 0-309-05230-0; National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Box 285, Washington, DC 20055; Phone: 800/624-6242; Fax: 202/334-2451; Web site: http://www.nap.edu

Between Two Gardens: Reflections on Sexuality and Religious Experience
James B. Nelson
Published in 1983, this book was one of the first to look at the relationship between religion and sexuality by asking the question: "What does faith say about sexuality?" Topics includes men's liberation; the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant views of sexuality; religious and ethical inquiries; homosexuality; the family; and abortion.
1997; $12.97; ISBN 0-8298-0681-4; Pilgrim Press, P. O. Box 901867, Cleveland, OH 44190; Phone: 800/654-5129; Fax: 216/736-3713; Web site: http://www.ucc.org/

Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe From the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
John Boswell
Published in 1980, this book was the first to establish a history of same-gender sexual relationships dating back to the first century.
1995; $19.95; ISBN: 0-226-06711-4; The University of Chicago Press, 11303 South Langley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628; Phone: 773/702-7700; Fax: 800/621-8476; Web site: http://www.press.uchicago.edu

Confronting AIDS: Directions for Public Health, Health Care, and Research
Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences
This was the first report by the National Academy of Sciences on AIDS. It provided a foundation for future policy and program development.
1986; $29.95; ISBN 0-309-03699-2; National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Box 285, Washington, DC 20055; Phone: 800/624-6242; Fax: 202/334-2451; Web site: http://www.nap.edu

Constructing the Sexual Crucible: An Integration of Sexual and Marital Therapy
David Schnarch
This book offered a new approach to sexual and marital therapy. It concentrated on the marital relationship, not treating sexual dysfunctions.
1991; $49; ISBN 0-393-7012-6; W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., National Book Company, 800 Keystone Industrial Park, Scranton, PA 18512-4601; Phone: 800/223-2584; Fax: 800/458-7515; Web site: http://www.wwnorton.com

Contraceptive Technology: Seventeenth Revised Edition
Robert A. Hatcher, M.D., M.P.H., et al.
This book began in the late 1960s as a stapled set of mimeographed pages for medical students. It was first published in 1971 as a booklet. Currently in its seventeenth edition, this book provides detailed and comprehensive information on each contraceptive method.
1998; $39.95; ISBN 0-9664902-0-7; Ardent Media, Inc., Box 286, Cooper Station P. O., New York, NY 10276-0286; Phone: 800/218-1535; Fax: 212/861-0998.

Disorders of Sexual Desire and Other New Concepts and Techniques in Sex Therapy
Helen Singer Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D.
This book introduced the concept of sexual desire disorders and extended the work of Masters and Johnson. It included case studies on the treatment of sexual dysfunctions that focused on problems of desire from the perspective of the comprehensive, integrated psychosexual therapy.
1979; out of print; ISBN 0-87630-212-6; Brunner/Mazel Publications.

The Feminine Mystique
Betty Friedan
Published in 1963, this book helped launch the women's movement in the United States. It addresses the distorted image of femininity that pervaded society and that limited women from realizing their full potential.
1997; $27.50; ISBN 0393040496; W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., National Book Company, 800 Keystone Industrial Park, Scranton, PA 18512-4601; Phone: 800/223-2584; Fax: 800/458-7515; Web site: http://www.wwnorton.com

For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality
Lonnie Barbach
Published in 1975, this book was a breakthrough in providing honest instruction for females on achieving orgasm. Through group discussion, exercises, and homework, Barbach helped many women in the group to become attuned and comfortable with their bodies.
1997;$12.95; ISBN 0-385-11245-9; Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, 2451 South Wolf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018; Phone: 800/323-9872; Web Site: http://www.bdd.com

Gay, Straight, and In-Between: The Sexology of Erotic Orientation
John Money
Originally published in 1988, this book was one of the first to look at what is now known about sexual orientation. It includes case studies that look at historical, cultural, and psychological factors relating to sexual orientation.
1990; $9.95; ISBN: 0-19-506331-7; Oxford University Press, 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513; Phone: 800/451-7556; Fax: 919/677-1303; Web site: http://www.oup-usa.org

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1
Michel Foucault
Translated into English in 1978, this book explores the relationship between power and our society's perceptions of, and involvement with, sexuality. It radically changed the way people thought about sexuality by placing sexuality in an historical context and taking it out of the realm of simple biology.
1990; $11; ISBN 0-679-72469-9; Random House, Inc., 400 Hahn Road, Westminister, MD 21157; Phone: 800/733-3000; Fax: 800/659-2436; Web site: http://www.randomhouse.com

Human Sexual Inadequacy
William H. Masters, M.D., and Virgina E. Johnson
This was the first book on sexual dysfunction that was widely read by the general public. As a result, it introduced a new era in the treatment of sexual dysfunction. It discussed the concept and format of Masters and Johnson's therapy program and also addressed specific sexual dysfunctions.
1970; out of print; ISBN 0-316-549851; Little, Brown and Company.

Human Sexual Response
William H. Masters, M.D. and Virgina E. Johnson
This book was the first to introduce the stages of human sexual response -- excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. It was based on laboratory research that studied the relationship of anatomy and physiology to sexual response. Designed for professionals, it represented a major breakthrough in knowledge about human sexuality.
1966; $52.95; ISBN 0-316-54987-8; Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, P. O. Box 1610, Hagerstown, MD 21741; Phone: 800/638-3030; Fax: 301/824-7390; Web site: http://www.lww.com

The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality
Robert T. Francoeur, Editor
This three-volume encyclopedia is the most comprehensive crosscultural collection of information on sexuality ever published. It provides information from 30 countries on sexual attitudes and behavior patterns.
1997; $225, three-volume set; ISBN: 0-8264-0841-9; Continuum Publishing Company, P.O. Box 605 Herndon, VA 20172; Phone: 800/561-7704; Fax: 703/661-1501.

Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, 2nd Edition
John D'Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman
Originally published in 1988, this book provides a history of sexuality in America since the Pilgrims. Its journey starts with "the family-centered, reproductive sexual system in the colonial era," goes through "the romantic, intimate and conflicted sexuality of the nineteenth-century marriage," and concludes with "the commercialized sexuality of today."
1997; $14.95; ISBN: 0-226-14264-7; The University of Chicago Press, 11303 South Langley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628; Phone: 773/702-7700; Fax: 800/621-8476; Web site: http://www.press.uchicago.edu

The New Joy of Sex: A Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking for the Nineties
Alex Comfort, M.B., D.Sc.
Originally published in 1972 as The Joy of Sex: A Cordon Bleu Guide to Lovemaking, this book was a breakthrough in the popular literature of marriage guides. With its uninhibited combination of words and illustrations, it developed into a publishing phenomenon, and continues to be one of the best-selling books on sexuality for adult readers.
1994; $12; ISBN 0-517-59910-4; Random House, Inc., 400 Hahn Road, Westminister, MD 21157; Phone: 800/733-3000; Fax: 800/659-2436; Web site: http://www.randomhouse.com

The New Male Sexuality
Bernie Zilbergeld, Ph.D.
Printed in 1984, this self-help book was the first comprehensive look at male sexuality. It discusses the sexual development, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of men -- from young adulthood through old age. It includes information on male sexuality, relationships, and resolutions to sexual problems.
1993; $7.99; ISBN: 0553-56259-2; Bantam Doubleday Dell, 2451 South Wolf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018; Phone: 800/323-9872; Web site: http://www.bdd.com

The New Sex Therapy: Active Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions
Helen Singer Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D.
This was the first comprehensive handbook for professionals on sex therapy. It describes treatment methods for sexual disorders and clarifies the theories of psychopathology and psychiatric treatment.
1974; $17.50; ISBN: 0-87630-083-2; Brunner/Mazel Publications, 47 Runway Road, Suite G, Levittown, PA 19057; Phone: 800/825-3089; Fax: 215/269-0363; Web site: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com

Our Bodies, Our Selves for the New Century: A Book by and for Women
The Boston's Women's Health Book Collective
Published in 1970, this book was one of the first to empower women to become more informed about their own health, including their sexual and reproductive health. It was revised and updated in 1998 to reflect the health concerns of women of diverse ages, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
1998; $24; ISBN 0-684-84231-9; Simon & Schuster Order Department, 200 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, NJ 07675; Phone: 800/223-2348.

Our Passion for Justice: Images of Power, Sexuality and Liberation
Carter Heyward
This book is a collection of essays, sermons, lectures, and liturgical poetry that reflects the feminist theological perspective on sexuality, class, race, and social justice.
1984; $16.95; ISBN 0-8298-0705-5; Pilgrim Press, P.O. Box 901867, Cleveland, OH 44190; Phone: 800/654-5129; Fax: 216/736-3713; Web site http://www.ucc.org/

Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality
Carole S. Vance, Editor
Published in 1984, this book emerged from a groundbreaking conference, "Towards a Politics of Sexuality," held at Barnard College in 1982. It was the first public dialogue that affirms sexual pleasure for women as well as addressing the danger.
1993; $20; ISBN 0044408676; New York University Press, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012; Phone: 800/996-6987; Fax: 212/995-3833; Web site: http://www.nyupress.nyu.edu

Risking the Future: Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy, and Childbearing
Cheryl D. Hayes, Editor
This report presented the findings of the Panel of Adolescent Pregnancy and Childbearing which was convened by the National Research Council from 1984-1986. It offered recommendations for policies and programs that guided program development for the next decade.
1987; out of print, photocopy available for $34.35; ISBN: 0-309-03698-4; National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Box 28,5 Washington, DC 20055; Phone: 800/624-6242; Fax: 202/334-2451; Web site: http://www.nap.edu

Science in the Bedroom: A History of Sex Research
Vern L. Bullough
This book provided a comprehensive overview of sex research from the fourteenth-century B. C. to the present. It explained the development of sex research in order to help a wider audience understand the field of sexology as well as described how changes in public attitude occurred.
1994; out of print; ISBN: 0-465-03020-3; Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.

The Sex Atlas: An Illustrated Guide
Erwin J. Haeberle
This book was one of the first illustrated guides that used explicit photographs to educate professionals and the public about human sexuality.
1978; out of print; ISBN: 0-8164-9160-7; The Seabury Press.

Sexuality and the Curriculum: The Politics and Practices of Sexuality Education
James T. Sears, Editor
This book for educators urged professionals to consider the "hidden sexuality education curricula" in schools: the messages students receive from the behaviors of teachers and administrators, the locker room, the cafeteria, and peers.
1992; $22.95; ISBN 0-8077-3153-6; Teachers College Press, P. O. Box 20, Willison, VT 05495; Phone: 800/575-6566; Fax: 802/864-7626; Web site: http://www.teacherscollegepress.com/

The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States
Edward P. Laumann, John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels
This report is the most comprehensive representation of a survey on sexual behavior of the general population to date. The survey was designed to determine the incidence and prevalence of sexual practices and to place them in their social contexts.
1994; $60; ISBN 0226469573; University if Chicago Press, 11030 South Langley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628; Phone: 773/568-1550; Fax: 773/660-2235; Web site: http://www.press.uchicago.edu

Surgeon General's Report to the American Public on HIV Infection and AIDS
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources & Services Administration, and the National Institutes of Health
Published in 1986, this booklet from Surgeon General C. Everett Koop was sent to every household in America. It addresses AIDS transmission, risk, prevention and its implications in the late 1980s. Dr. Koop said: "Education concerning AIDS must start at the lowest grade possible as part of any health and hygiene program."
1993; CDC National Prevention Information Network (CDCNPIN), P. O. Box 6003; Rockville, MD 20849-6003; Phone: 1-800-458-5231; Fax: 888/282-7681; Web site: http://www.cdcnpin.org

Taking Chances: Abortion and the Decision Not to Contracept
Kristin Luker
This book presented a new model for understanding how women make decisions about contraception and risk taking.
1975; out of print; ISBN 0-520-03594-1; University of California Press.

Teaching About Sexuality and HIV: Principles and Methods for Effective Education
Evonne Hedgepeth, Ph.D. and Joan Helmich, M.A.
This book is the most comprehensive book to date that helps teachers and community health educators understand the "how" and "why" of effective HIV/AIDS-prevention and sexuality education.
1996; $20.00; ISBN: 0-8147-3535-5; New York University Press, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012; Phone: 212/998-2575; Fax: 212/995-3833

Teenage Pregnancy in Industrialized Countries: A Study Sponsored by The Alan Guttmacher Institute
Elise F. Jones, et al.
This book compared teenage pregnancy rates in the United States with other industrialized countries including France, Canada, and the Netherlands.  It explored reasons why the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world.
1986; out of print; ISBN 0-300-03705-8; Yale University Press.

Values in Sexuality: A New Approach to Sex Education
Eleanor S. Morrison and Mila Underhill Price
This book was one of the first guidebooks for teaching a value-based approach to sexuality education. It presented a collection of exercises that helped educators teach young people how to explore and discuss their feelings and values about sexuality.
1974; out of print; ISBN 0-89104-165-6; Hart Publishing Company, Inc.



  
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