Morality, Sexual Facts and Fantasies

9780646332482: Morality, Sexual Facts and Fantasies
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This book, written by philosopher, lecturer and media personality Patricia Petersen, argues that we tend to "blindly" assume that many sexual practices, such as homosexuality and sexual fantasy are immoral, when in fact, they need not be considered so. Interesting, useful and amusing information about sex is outlined. Sexual facts are combined with a contemporary philosophical approach to provide solutions to some perplexing sexual and relationship problems.

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Author blames Christian ways for sex hang-ups - Christianity is responsible for the guilt felt by Australians when they masturbate, children as young as three should be learning about sex so they can identify whether or not they are being abused, and Catholic organisations may be inadvertently contributing to sexual abuse by repressing sexuality, according to author Patricia Petersen. . .. The main aim of the book, she said, was to combat a sense of sexual taboo. . . .Petersen said the sex-negative attitude stemmed from philosophers such as Plato and the Stoics who were "very influential on Christian thoughts, but also very anti-body, anti-bodily pleasure, and anti-sex". She was inspired to write the book to explain to people the difference between fantasy and reality. "I don't want to knock Christian religion generally, but it is my suspicion that is why there is so much sexual abuse within Catholic organisations, because there is so much repression . . . and so much guilt among children in relation to sexual desire, and lust and sexual feeling. Fantasies are just that - fantasies - and if we try to stifle them or repress them, as a society we are going to run into all sorts of trouble. . . ." -- Canberra Times, November 7 1999

Fantasies common to both sexes: While it seems men and women have sexual fantasies in equal measure, it is the fairer sex who feels guilty more often. "Women want their male partner to show non-sexual affection by kissing, cuddling, holding hands and fondling, without the man expecting sex," Petersen said. "Women also liked small tokens of appreciation such as flowers or a note, but men did not need these constant reminders, she said. In her book, Petersen traces the philosophical foundations for society's beliefs and attitudes towards sex. Petersen said men's greatest need from a relationship was to be trusted. "Men want to be trusted to do the right thing in a relationship. For example, if a man attempts to fix his car, he wants his partner to believe he's capable of doing it," she said. Men also wanted to be trusted that they would be faithful to their partners. The main areas of sexual fantasy according to Petersen's research: Men and women both fantasised about sex with their partner. Sex with a stranger was also common. Both sexes also thought about sex with multiple partners. Men fantasised about sex with a prostitute, while women fantasised about being a prostitute. Sex-sex fantasies were "significantly" more common among women than men. -- Queensland Times, 18 January 2000

Guilt wracks lovers - Sexual researcher Patricia Petersen, who spoke to more than 1000 people for her book Morality, Sexual Facts and Fantasies, said all of them felt guilty about some aspect of their sexuality. She found one in five heterosexuals engaged in anal sex and every man had experienced impotence. And only one woman and two men had not fantasise about other people when with their partner. "Any sexual activity which is not aimed at producing children or strengthening the bonds of a committed relationship is regarded as evil or immoral practice", she said. Petersen said she conducted her research at universities, bars and even bus stops and was initially surprised by people's feelings of guilt. "I expected there would be some people who were anxious but certainly not everyone," she said. "But it is important that people realise that if they are doing these things they are not 'bad' and they're not alone." -- Herald Sun, November 15 1999

Loves Just a Phone Call Away: Australian women want more romance in relationships while men want more trust. Of 1000 women interviewed, 97 percent wanted their partners to show them more caring, said sex researcher Patricia Petersen. They wanted love letters and phone calls just to say they were being thought of, she said. But with men, it was more trust and respect that 95 percent wanted from their partner. "Women had a great need to hear the words "I love you" and men didn't always understand why. But when men were asked if they wanted to hear the words too, they would shrug their shoulders and ask why they would want to hear it. "Men wanted their partners to show them they were loved," Petersen said. "They said the words meant nothing. There were big differences in love and caring expectations." She conducted the research for her PhD in sexual ethics and used the findings for a new book, Morality, Sexual Facts and Fantasies. "One of the most distressing things I found was that nearly every young woman did not know contraceptive pills could be rendered ineffective by antibiotics, or by vomiting or diarrhoea," she said. "Only one out of 500 women knew that the pill was disrupted by taking antibiotics." Men's knowledge of contraception was worse. -- Herald Sun, January 19, 2000

Romance and Trust are keys to the heart - Australian women wanted romance and flowers while men wanted to be trusted and respected, according to research in a new book exploring sexuality. After interviews with more than 1000 Australians, academic Patricia Petersen said yesterday that men and women still wanted long, faithful and happy relationships. But Petersen said men and women wanted vastly different things from each other. Petersen, who used research from her PhD thesis for the book Morality, Sexual Facts and Fantasies, said that in relationships women wanted romantic gestures such as presents for no particular reason while men preferred not to be questioned. "Women wanted their partner to show them more care," Petersen said. " . . . women want to be asked by their male partner how they feel. They don't necessarily want a Mr Fix-it." "If a woman goes to the doctor during the day, she wants her male partner to say as he comes through the door, 'what did the doctor say' and 'how are you feeling about that'." "Women also want to hear the three big words 'I love you'." Petersen said men wanted to be shown they were loved rather than told. "Men want to feel a certain amount of freedom in relationships," she said. "That doesn't mean they expect to be able to sleep with other women but they want to be able to go out with their mates." Petersen urged couples to be honest, direct and open with their partners. "Explain to your partner very directly and very clearly what makes you feel close to them and what makes you feel loved and cared for," she said. "Forget about what does it for other people. People are individuals. And after one person says something, the other person needs to take it on board seriously and do it". -- Daily Telegraph, January 18 2000

From the Publisher:

Patricia Petersen has received an overwhelming amount of international media attention in the past few years in relation to her research on male and female sexuality. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including the BBC and the Today Show. She has been featured in newspapers and magazines throughout the world, including the London Times, Sydney Morning Herald and the Age. She is the resident relationship expert for Radio Stations 2UE Sydney, B 105 Brisbane and Bay FM, Brisbane. She is a University Lecturer, journalist and counsellor.

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Petersen, Patricia
Publicado por Boolarong Press, Queensland, Australia (1999)
ISBN 10: 0646332481 ISBN 13: 9780646332482
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Descripción Boolarong Press, Queensland, Australia, 1999. Paper Back. Condición: Very Good. The edges are a little foxed. 168 pages. Size: Size E: 8"-9" Tall (203-228mm). Nº de ref. del artículo: 123581

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