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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hastings, Anne Stirling, 1943-
Body and soul.
New York : Insight Books, ©1996
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Anne Stirling Hastings
|Description:||xv, 343 pages ; 22 cm|
|Contents:||Culture in conflict --
Cultures resist change --
Growing up in a healthy culture --
Healthy sexuality --
The purpose of jealousy --
The beginning of bodily shame: pregnancy, birth, and breast feeding --
How sexual shame inhibits us and how we avoid it --
Don't talk about sex: except in jokes --
Our sexually addictive culture --
The mating dance gone awry: sexual harassment and objectification --
Homosexuality oppression: the shaming of all of us --
Advertisers and unhealthy cultural attitudes --
The billion-dollar sexual-services industry --
Are "sexual preferences" unhealthy? --
"Sex drive": a product of our culture --
Traditional sex therapy: perpetuating unhealthy sexuality --
Allowing "abusers" to recover --
Epilogue: healing our culture.
|Responsibility:||Anne Stirling Hastings.|
Maintained by the broadcast media and advertising, as well as by prurient "old wives tales" handed down by tradition. The author confronts our most closely held views of sexuality, such as the belief in a powerful dominating sex drive, and the perception of monogamy as an ideal to force ourselves to live up to. She also explains how sexual harassment can be seen as a perversion of the mating dance, and how traditional sex therapy actually encourages the use of cultural.
Distortion. Dr. Hastings includes intriguing information on how sexuality can be healed, and how shame should be removed outright instead of merely avoided.