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Human Sexuality


Fourth Edition

Simon LeVay and Janice Baldwin

11 November 2011

ISBN: 9780878935703

634 pages

In Stock

Price: £187.99

Explores the changes and challenges facing the field of human sexuality. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.


Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

This book helps students understand the diversity of human sexual expression and the many perspectives from which sexuality can be studied. Known for its high-quality presentation of biological aspects, the book also devotes rich coverage to the insights gained from a range of fields, such as cognitive science and social psychology.

About the Author(s)

Simon LeVay and Janice Baldwin, University of California, Santa Barbara

Simon LeVay, Ph.D. is a British-born neuroscientist turned science writer and teacher. He was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Göttingen, Germany. In 1971, he moved to the United States. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and has taught at Harvard, the University of California, and Stanford University. LeVay has authored over 40 scientific studies; the best of known of these is a 1991 report in Science that described a difference in brain structure between heterosexual and homosexual men. This study helped spark a wealth of new research on the biology of sexual orientation. LeVay is the author or coauthor of ten books, some in the area of human sexuality and others on a broader range of scientific topics.

Janice Baldwin, Ph.D. is a sociologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is coauthor, with her husband John Baldwin, of numerous studies and articles in the area of sexuality and sex education, as well as the textbook Behavior Principles in Everyday Life, now in its fourth edition. The Baldwins co-teach an undergraduate Human Sexuality course that is regularly voted Best Course at UCSB. They also teach an advanced seminar course on the same topic. The Baldwins have been named as Best Professors on several occasions.

Table of Contents

    1:Sexuality: Pathways to Understanding
    2:Sex and Evolution
    3:Women's Bodies
    4:Men's Bodies
    5:Sex Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle
    6:Sexual Development
    8:Attraction, Arousal, and Response
    9:Sexual Behavior
    10:Sexual Relationships
    11:Fertility, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
    12:Contraception and Abortion
    13:Sexuality across the Life Span
    14:Sexual Orientation
    15:Atypical Sexuality
    16:Sexual Disorders
    17:Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    18:Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Partner Violence
    19:Sex as a Commodity


"Keeping up-to-date with the ageless theme of sexuality along with the bio-psycho-socio-techno changes and challenges in the field of human sexuality is no easy task. However, this text is up to the task. Discovering Human Sexuality provides a nice overview with valuable substance for the reader to gain knowledge and develop perspective. Now in its fourth edition, the text remains an excellent college and introductory graduate textbook on the topic of human sexuality. Well done!" - Sigmund Hough, Sexuality and Disability Journal

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