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Sexuality Now, 1st Edition

  • Janell L. Carroll
  • Evelyn Field
  • David Aveline
  • ISBN-10: 0176561366
  • ISBN-13: 9780176561369
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

With its fresh, engaging and distinctly Canadian approach, Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity, First Canadian Edition, teaches students what they need and want to know about sexuality while clearly conveying foundational biological and health issues and citing current and classic research. The text is solidly founded in author Janell Carroll’s partnership with her students, answering the questions and concerns that students have about themselves and their sexuality with scientific fact, sensitivity, humour, and unmatched candor. The Canadian edition presents the range of sexual orientations and behaviours and takes into account the diverse social, religious, ethnic, racial, and cultural contexts of today’s students. The MindTap for Sexuality Now is an online learning environment that features an array of engaging videos of Dr. Carroll traveling to different countries and videotaping actual interviews with people regarding their take on various human sexuality research topics.


  • Sexuality Now presents the most current research of any sexuality text available, including up-to-date coverage of many relevant topics such as online social networking and gender differences in communication, new material on gay and lesbian issues, and updated information on contraception.

  • Sexual Diversity in our World feature boxes appear throughout, encouraging students to challenge their taken-for-granted assumptions about sexuality by presenting how attitudes and practices vary across and within cultures both in Canada and abroad. Topics include Chinese foot binding, transsexuality in Iran and persecution of gays and lesbians, AIDS orphans in Africa, and the qualities of good same-sex marriages.

  • The text goes beyond simply providing a foundation in the biology and psychology of sexuality, connecting with students by exploring contemporary issues, changing practices and behaviours, and their impact. Topics include increased use of tanning beds, tattooing, body and genital piercing, and pubic hair shaving and waxing.

  • "On Your Mind" questions address common questions that students are often afraid to ask. Questions are collected from the author’s students, her website, and her travels, including whether discomfort with same-sex public displays of affection is homophobic; whether the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be contracted from the HPV vaccine; why men so often wake up with erections; and whether a woman can be raped by an ex-boyfriend.

  • In addition to a wealth of relevant Canadian examples integrated throughout the narrative, "Real Research" features introduce little-known tidbits from current sexuality research with a Canadian focus. Examples include the impact of sex education programs on the behaviour of Canadian high school students, a five-year study of the health and well-being of Canadian sex workers, and a large-scale study on the sexual health of Chinese Canadian seniors.

  • "Sex in Real Life" boxes provide a "sound bite" review of current trends in sexuality research that is relevant to everyday life. These features explore a variety of topics such as sex toys, polyamory, social networking, environmental toxins and sperm production, microbicides, Internet sexual behaviour, and media use by teenagers.

  • “Animal Variations,” unique to this Canadian edition, are features that address relevant aspects of non-human sexuality such as similarities among human, chimpanzee, and bonobos monkey females in experiencing orgasm; hermaphrodites in the animal kingdom; the ways in which male stickleback fish attract females; and intimacy among animals compared to that among humans.

  • MindTap, a powerful online learning environment, engages and empowers students to produce their best work—consistently. By seamlessly integrating course material with videos, activities, apps, and much more, MindTap creates a unique learning path that fosters increased comprehension and efficiency. The MindTap for Sexuality Now includes engaging “On Your Mind” videos of Dr. Carroll traveling to different countries and videotaping people’s perspectives on various human sexuality research topics. The digital environment also allows the students to answer questions on key topics and discuss issues with classmates through the LAMS app.

About the Author

Janell L. Carroll

Dr. Janell Carroll received her Ph.D. in human sexuality education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. She teaches in the psychology department at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, is an AASECT-certified sexuality educator, and has received numerous awards for her teaching and work in the field of human sexuality. In 2005, the University of Hartford recognized her with the Gordon Clark Ramsey Award for Creative Excellence, given to professors who demonstrate sustained excellence and creativity in the classroom. Carroll has also been recognized by Planned Parenthood as a Sexuality Educator of the Year. Prior to teaching at University of Hartford, Dr. Carroll was a tenured psychology professor at Baker University, where she was honored with awards for Professor of the Year and Most Outstanding Person on Campus. A dynamic educator, speaker, and author, Dr. Carroll has also hosted two of her own radio talk shows about on sexuality and appeared as an expert on numerous television talk shows and networks. She maintains her own sexuality website at

Evelyn Field

Dr. Evelyn Field has published over twenty scientific articles in the area of sexual differences and development, co-authored several book chapters, and co-written a book titled Sex Differences: Summarizing More than a Century of Scientific Research. She has received awards from the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Alberta Foundation for Medical Research (Alberta Innovates) and the Canadian Institute for Health Research and The Governor General’s Gold Academic Medal for her research. Dr. Field has also received numerous recognitions for her teaching and research presentations, including a Student Champion Award from the Students Association at Mount Royal University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Psychology at Mount Royal University, where she teaches the third year Psychology of Sexuality Course.

David Aveline

Dr. David Aveline was born in London, England, came to Canada at age four, and was brought up in Quebec. He had a number of jobs before attending university, including underground miner in northern Manitoba, ditch digger, race track groom, youth counsellor, shoe salesman, and hotel manager. He received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in sociology from Concordia University in Montreal and his doctorate in sociology at Indiana University in the United States. Dr. Aveline has long had an interest in human sexuality. His mentors were Dr. Frances M. Shaver at Concordia who has studied sex workers and Drs. Martin S. Weinberg and Collin J. Williams at Indiana University who had previous been researchers at the Kinsey Institute. Dr. Aveline’s interests in sexuality focus on identity construction, gender fluidity, historical states, and sexual negotiation. He has been a sociologist at Mount Royal University in Calgary for 12 years and teaches sociology of the body, sociology of religion, and sexualities. He divides his time between home life with his husband of 24 years and the classroom. He is currently working on a book on sexual negotiations between men from the post-war period to the present.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Exploring Human Sexuality: Past and Present
Chapter 2: Understanding Human Sexuality: Theory and Research
Chapter 3: Female Sexual Anatomy, Development, and Health
Chapter 4: Male Sexual Anatomy, Development, and Health
Chapter 5: The Biology of Sex, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
Chapter 6: Contraception and Abortion
Chapter 7: Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV/AIDS
Chapter 8: Gender Development, Gender Roles, and Gender Identity
Chapter 9: Sexual Orientation
Chapter 10: Childhood and Adolescent Sexuality
Chapter 11: Communication and Sexuality
Chapter 12: Love and Intimacy
Chapter 13: Adult Sexual Relationships
Chapter 14: Variations of Sexual Expression
Chapter 15: Challenges to Sexual Functioning
Chapter 16: Harmful and Antisocial Sexual Expression
Chapter 17: Power and Sexual Coercion
Chapter 18: Sexual Imagery and Selling Sex


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Only Instructor Resources to Accompany Carroll's, Sexuality Now, First Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176715282 | ISBN-13: 9780176715281)
MindTap Printed Access Card (6-Months) for Sexuality Now, First Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176714588 | ISBN-13: 9780176714581)

Student Supplements

eBook: Sexuality Now  (ISBN-10: 0176767789 | ISBN-13: 9780176767785)
MindTap Instant Access (6 months) for Carroll's Sexuality Now, 1ce  (ISBN-10: 0176714561 | ISBN-13: 9780176714567)

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