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Our Sexuality, 13th Edition

  • Robert L. Crooks
  • Karla Baur
  • ISBN-10: 1305646525
  • ISBN-13: 9781305646520
  • Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

The most respected and authoritative college textbook available on human sexuality, this thirteenth edition of OUR SEXUALITY has been thoroughly and carefully updated to reflect the most current research findings. It is the first college text to deliver cutting-edge and in-depth emphasis on the impact of politics on sexuality. Crooks and Baur engage students with the most exciting, emerging research and coverage, and focus on strengthening self-awareness and sexual intelligence.


  • OUR SEXUALITY endeavors to assist professors in increasing students' sexual intelligence. In Chapter One, the authors introduce the first of the four components included in their definition of sexual intelligence -- knowing about the critical role that politics plays in sexual arenas. The other components of sexual intelligence covered in the text include: understanding oneself sexually; having interpersonal sexual skills and integrity; and knowing accurate scientific sexual information.

  • This inclusive text covers "our" sexuality in an accessible, straightforward manner, with emphasis on the historical background and politics of human sexuality.

  • The text explores the similarities in the human experience of sexual and relationship matters that cross cultural boundaries and sexual orientation lines. The Author Files quote real people's experiences and attitudes, enabling students to discover that they're not so different from everyone else. Sexuality and Diversity sections are highlighted in every chapter.

  • The Sex and Politics sections in each chapter examine the issue of value judgments that become public policy and what this means to sexual knowledge and sexual choices. Examples include "The Power of Pro-Life Anti-Contraception Politics", "'Intactivists' Attempt to Criminalize Circumcision in San Francisco", "Antigay Harassment/Bullying of Teenagers", "Sex Research under Siege", "Abstinence Only Sex Ed", and "Marriage in Crisis".

  • Sexual health information within every chapter is identified by a Sexual Health icon in the margin, and in-depth topics are found in special boxes. Some examples include "Genital Self-Exam for Women", "How to Examine Your Breasts", "Male Genital Self-Examination", and "Dealing with Rape and Attempted Rape".

  • Spotlight on Research feature boxes present the most up-to-date research and research controversies in the field of sexuality.

  • Critical Thinking questions integrated throughout encourage students to stop, think, and apply knowledge and experience while developing their personal perspective of sexuality.

About the Author

Robert L. Crooks

The integration of psychological, social and biological components of human sexuality in this text is facilitated by the authors' combined academic and professional backgrounds. With sadness we dedicate this 14th edition to Dr. Robert Crooks, who passed away at the end of the last revision. Dr. Crooks had a Ph.D. in Psychology. In addition to graduate training that stressed Clinical and Physiological Psychology, he had a considerable background in Sociology. His involvement with teaching human sexuality classes at the university, college and medical school levels spanned over two decades. Dr. Crooks and his wife, Sami Tucker, were involved in the establishment and implementation of HIV/AIDS intervention programs in two areas of Kenya. For more than a decade, their work with these projects included designing a research strategy for assessing behavior change, developing a peer educator-based educational strategy and conducting training sessions for Kenyan peer educator staff.

Karla Baur

Karla Baur has retired as co-author after 13 editions. A licensed clinical social worker in private practice, she specializes in couples and sex therapy. In addition to providing clinical supervision, seminars and lectures for other mental health therapists and professional groups, Baur has taught human sexuality and female sexuality classes at Portland Community College, Portland State University and Clark College. At Oregon Health Sciences University, she taught a human sexuality course and coached medical students in taking sexual histories with patients. She was also involved in a six-week program in Kenya to train HIV/AIDS prevention peer educators. Certified as a sex educator, therapist and sex therapy supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, Baur has a master's degree in Social Work and her advanced academic work stressed clinical training.

Table of Contents

1. Perspectives on Sexuality.
2. Sex Research: Methods and Problems.
3. Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology.
4. Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology.
5. Gender Issues.
6. Sexual Arousal and Response.
7. Love and Communication in Intimate Relationships.
8. Sexual Behaviors.
9. Sexual Orientations.
10. Contraception.
11. Conceiving Children: Process and Choice.
12. Sexuality During Childhood and Adolescents.
13. Sexuality and the Adult Years.
14. Sexual Difficulties and Solutions.
15. Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
16. Atypical Sexual Behavior.
17. Sexual Coercion.
18. Sex for Sale.

New to this edition

  • New tables and figures enhance students' grasp of information. Topics include the neural pathways in the female pelvis that account for individual variations in sexual response, major religions' stances on same sex marriage, the dramatic difference in effectiveness of contraceptive methods over a 10 year period of use, the increase in state abortion restrictions, the decline in marriage rates (categorized by race and education level), the percentages of married individuals in various generation groups, and a comparison between the U.S. and other countries for maternity and paternity leave.
  • Throughout the thirteenth edition, the authors have added new coverage and updated existing material. Examples include the controversies related to the Affordable Care Act and access to no-cost contraception, cross cultural attitudes about casual sex, the phenomenon of slut-shaming, the clitourethrovaginal complex and its role in female sexual arousal, sexual fantasy (expanded section), and "kink lite" (new topic).
  • New and updated topics include new terms for nuances of sexual orientation, developments in gay civil rights, telemedicine and medical abortions, circumcision, prostate cancer, sex chromosome disorders, transsexualism and transgenderism, gender role development, the role of hormones in sexual behavior, love and styles of attachment, the physical changes of adolescence, adolescent sexting and adolescents online, adolescent homosexuality, adolescent pregnancy, rape and child sexual abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases (especially AIDS).
  • The addition of about 2,000 new citations reflects the most recent research in sexology.
  • MindTap for Our Sexuality engages students with important course concepts through interactive multimedia activities, quizzes and discussion. The MindTap learning path guides students to success with specific digital assets that increase interaction of students and instructors, and social tools like videos, discussion and photo sharing that improve academic discourse around the sensitive subject area of human sexuality.


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 Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305674146 | ISBN-13: 9781305674141)

This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305674189 | ISBN-13: 9781305674189)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305676122 | ISBN-13: 9781305676121)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Psychology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Crooks/Baur' Our Sexuality  (ISBN-10: 1305674162 | ISBN-13: 9781305674165)

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MindTap Psychology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Crooks/Baur' Our Sexuality  (ISBN-10: 1305674162 | ISBN-13: 9781305674165)

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