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Sex is Not a Natural Act, and other essays

Sex is Not a Natural Act: Table of Contents

Part One: Sex is Not a Natural Act: Theme and Variations


1. Am I normal? The question of sex
2. Social constructionism and the study of human sexuality
3. Sexual biology and the symbolism of the natural
4. Historical, scientific, feminist, and clinical criticism of the human sexual response cycle


Part Two: Popular writings on the theme


1. Six months at the daily news
2. Kinsey lecture on kiss
3. From Niagara to Viagra: Why is it so hard to just talk about sex?
4. Interview in MS magazine
5. McDonaldization of Sex
6. Doing the Viagra Tango


Part Three: Feminism and sexuality


1. An activist in sexology
2. Biological Politics (read: propaganda) Remains Alive and Well in Sexology
3. Gender and meaning in the nomenclature of sexual dysfunctions
4. Some harms to women of restrictions on sexually related expression
5. Toward a feminist sex therapy
6. The capacity for outrage: feminism, humor and sex


Part Four: The Medicalization of Sexuality


1. Sexism in sex therapy – whose idea is ‘sensate’ focus?
2. Women’s Sexuality, Not a Matter of Health
3. Medicalization of impotence: normalizing phallocentrism
4. Pleasure, medicalization and the tyranny of the natural
5. Sexology and the Pharmaceutical Industry: The threat of co-optation


Part Five: The creation of "Female Sexual Dysfunction"


1. Female Sexual Dysfunction: A new disorder is created for women
2. A New View of Women’s Sexual Problems
1. The Selling of Female Sexual Dysfunction
2. A New Sexual World – NOT!
3. The Pink Viagra Story: We have the drug, but what’s the disease?


Conclusion