Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving

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Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving
Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorsWilliam Masters, Virginia Johnson, Robert C. Kolodny
Cover artistLori Rowell-Jones
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectHuman sexuality
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Publication date
1985
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages598
ISBN0-316-54998-3

Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving is a 1985 book about human sexuality by the gynecologist William Masters, the sexologist Virginia Johnson, and the endocrinologist Robert C. Kolodny. The work was a revision of the college textbook Human Sexuality (1982).

Summary[edit]

The book's authors discuss human sexuality from "biological, psychological, behavioral, clinical, and cultural perspectives."[1]

Publication history[edit]

First published in 1985 by Little, Brown and Company, Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving was a revision of the 1982 college textbook Human Sexuality.[2]

Reception[edit]

Mainstream media[edit]

Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving received a positive review from E. James Lieberman in Library Journal,[3] and a mixed review from Michael Kimmel in Psychology Today.[4] The book was also reviewed by Lisa Sowle Cahill in America.[5] The findings of its authors were discussed by Marc Bonanni and Mark Canter in Men's Health.[6]

Lieberman described the book as a well-written and comprehensive work that "makes accessible to lay readers scientific data and humane perspectives on topics ranging from anatomy and physiology to homosexuality, sex therapy, love, birth control, and gender roles." He considered its chapters on fantasy, communication, coercive sex, and sexual satisfaction outstanding, and praised the up-to-date material on AIDS.[3]

Kimmel wrote that the book continued Masters and Johnson's "championing of sexual expression and their difficulties in making their case" and added little to their previous work Human Sexuality (1982). In his opinion, while its authors covered many topics, they did so with "little taste and even less texture". He accused them of "pious moralizing", finding their message that sex must be associated with love conservative.[4]

Gay media[edit]

Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving was reviewed by the physician Lawrence D. Mass in The Advocate.[7]

Feminist publications[edit]

Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving was reviewed by Janice Irvine in Sojourner: The Women's Forum.[8]

Scientific and academic journals[edit]

Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving was reviewed by Thomas D. Stewart in The New England Journal of Medicine,[9] Domeena C. Renshaw in JAMA,[10] and E. J. H. in Annals of Internal Medicine.[11]

Evaluations in books[edit]

The journalist Thomas Maier described Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving as "quite successful" in Masters of Sex (2009).[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Masters, Johnson & Kolodny 1986, p. 3.
  2. ^ Masters, Johnson & Kolodny 1986, p. iv.
  3. ^ a b Lieberman 1986, p. 154.
  4. ^ a b Kimmel 1987, p. 76.
  5. ^ Cahill 1987, pp. 446–447.
  6. ^ Bonanni & Canter 1990, p. 14.
  7. ^ Mass 1987, pp. 61–62.
  8. ^ Irvine 1987, pp. 37–39.
  9. ^ Stewart 1987, p. 488.
  10. ^ Renshaw 1987, p. 1528.
  11. ^ H. 1988, p. 257.
  12. ^ Maier 2013, p. 306.

Bibliography[edit]

Books
Journals
  • Bonanni, Marc; Canter, Mark (1990). "Love and learn". Men's Health. 5 (5).  – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
  • Cahill, Lisa Sowle (1987). "Masters and Johnson on sex and human loving (Book Review)". America. 156 (May 30, 1987).  – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
  • H., E. J. (1988). "Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving (Book)". Annals of Internal Medicine. 109 (3).  – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
  • Irvine, Janice (1987). "The First Family of Sex". Sojourner: The Women's Forum. 12 (6).  – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
  • Kimmel, Michael S. (1987). "Masters and Johnson on sex and human loving (Book Review)". Psychology Today. 21 (January 1987).  – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
  • Lieberman, E. James (1986). "Masters and Johnson on sex and human loving (Book Review)". Library Journal. 111 (6).  – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
  • Mass, Lawrence (1987). "Again, Muddy Waters: Masters and Johnson's recycled views on sex". The Advocate (464).  – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
  • Renshaw, Domeena C. (1987). "Masters and Johnson on sex and human loving (Book Review)". JAMA. 257 (March 20, 1987).  – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)