Where There's Hope, There's Sex

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 690–691. Review of “Men and Sex: New Psychological Perspectives” (see record 1997-36405-000). This book's unifying idea is that male sexual behavior is a result of the social construction of masculinity, including the result of the strain and trauma visited on men as a result of the requirements of the male role. That role and its elaboration yield what the editors call “nonrelational sexuality” and herein lies the difficulty for men and the distress and mistreatment of women. The assumption is that this detached and intimacy-lacking approach to sexual relationships is at the root of the dark side of sexuality as well as its emotionally unfulfilling qualities. Treading a fine line between apologizing and explaining, Scher writes, there is an attempt to explicate and to encourage research to ensure the change to a more humane manner of sexual relating and being. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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