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by Kim Cattrall
Bulfinch, 2005
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Jan 6th 2006

Sexual Intelligence

Sexual Intelligence is a coffee table book about sexuality.  It is divided into five main chapters, on Desire, Messaging, Arousal, Fantasy, and Release.  It is produced in conjunction with a documentary presumably of the same name.  Each chapter contains many pictures of paintings, tasteful photographs, pictures of people and quotes from them about the topic at hand.  The text mentions some history of thought about sex, includes quotations from various experts in the field of sexuality, and there are even five pages of editorial notes and credits at the end, along with an index and a selected bibliography.  It looks like many people have put a lot of work into creating this book.  The book is aimed at a very general audience and seems to have no particular point of view except that sex is interesting.  It is nicely produced and moderately entertaining to spend ten minutes browsing through.  It does seem to refer to many of the better known sexperts and a few academics, and outlines some of the main lines of thought in the current studies of sex.  Maybe if you have enjoyed the TV documentary and want to follow up some references, it might be worth finding the book in a bookstore and noting down some of the books listed in the bibliography.  Some people might possibly want to put the book on their coffee table.  It's not too heavy.

 

© 2006 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

 

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island, and editor of Metapsychology Online Review.  His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.