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Body and soul : sexuality on the brink of change

Author: Anne Stirling Hastings
Publisher: New York : Insight Books, ©1996.
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Body and Soul: Sexually on the Brink of Change takes an intriguing look at sexual mores steeped in our culture and explains why they remain anchored. Dr. Anne Stirling Hastings, an innovative psychologist specializing in sexuality issues, draws on her own sexual healing and study of cultural myths regarding sexuality to envision what take for society to exist in a sexually healthy atmosphere. She describes our
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Hastings, Anne Stirling, 1943-
Body and soul.
New York : Insight Books, c1996
(OCoLC)654128715
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Stirling Hastings
ISBN: 0306454009 9780306454004
OCLC Number: 35095941
Description: xv, 343 p. ; 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.
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Body and Soul: Sexually on the Brink of Change takes an intriguing look at sexual mores steeped in our culture and explains why they remain anchored. Dr. Anne Stirling Hastings, an innovative psychologist specializing in sexuality issues, draws on her own sexual healing and study of cultural myths regarding sexuality to envision what take for society to exist in a sexually healthy atmosphere. She describes our cultures as sexually addictive, showing how that status is.

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.

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