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Sex for Life: From Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout Our Lives

Laura Carpenter and John DeLamater


Sexual beliefs, behaviors and identities are interwoven throughout our lives, from childhood to old age. This book critically examines sexuality across the entire lifespan. Rooted in diverse disciplines and employing a wide range of research methods, the chapters explore the sexual and social transitions that typically map to broad life stages, as well as key age-graded physiological transitions, such as puberty and menopause, while drawing on the latest developments in gender, sexuality, and life course studies. The book explores a wide variety of topics, including puberty, sexual initiation, ... More

Keywords: sexual beliefs, sexual behaviors, sexual identities, sexuality, life stages, sex education, puberty, coming out, marriage, divorce

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814772522
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814772522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Carpenter, editor

John DeLamater, editor

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Part I Studying Sexualities over the Life Course


John DeLamater and Laura M. Carpenter

1 Studying Gendered Sexualities over the Life Course

Laura M. Carpenter and John DeLamater

Part II Sexualities in Childhood and Adolescence

2 Childhood Sexuality

Jeffry W. Thigpen

3 Sexuality Development in Adolescence

Stephen T. Russell, Kali S. Van Campen, and Joel A. Muraco

Part III Sexualities from Young Adulthood through Midlife

6 Hooking Up and Opting Out

Lisa Wade and Caroline Heldman

Part IV Turning Points throughout the Life Course

9 Starting Over

Bronwen Lichtenstein

10 Secrets and Magic Pills

Alexis A. Bender

PART V Sexualities from Midlife to Later Life

12 Sexual Expression over the Life Course

Aniruddha Das Linda J. Waite And Edward O. Laumann

Part VI Conclusion