Looking Beyond Individual Men

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(3), 229. Replies to a comment by A. Barbee (see record 2005-15480-002) on a reply by G. Brooks (see record 2005-15480-001). This reply was in response to an original comment by Barbee (see record 2004-17490-024) on a book by Brooks (see record 1995-98487-000) regarding sexual behavior. Brooks contends that when it is argued that the behaviors of the centerfold syndrome are “normative,” he simply means that they are taught to most all men as appropriate male sexual conduct. It is recognized that other contradictory (and healthier) norms are also taught. Many men are inappropriate, not because of undersocialization, but because of oversocialzation into a maladaptive code of sexual conduct. For all our sakes, that code needs to be changed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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