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Every person has sexual feelings, attitudes, and beliefs, but everyone's experience of sexuality is unique because it is processed through an intensely personal perspective. This perspective comes from both private, personal experience and public, social sources. It is impossible to understand human sexuality without recognizing its multidimensional nature.
Sexuality has fascinated people in all walks of life from ancient times until the present. Sexual themes have been common in art and literature. Religions, philosophies, and legal systems all concerned with shaping human behavior have typically tried to establish sexual values and sexual taboos. At various times in history, illness, creativity, aggression, emotional disorders, and the rise and fall of cultures have all been "explained" as the result of too much or too little sexual activity or unusual sexual practices or thoughts.
While keeping in mind the private, public, and historical sources of our sexual heritage, we can broaden and deepen our understanding by studying sexuality from biological, psychosocial, behavioral, clinical, and cultural perspectives. In examining sexuality from these varied viewpoints, however, we must be careful not to forget that learning about sexuality, in all its forms, is really learning about people and the complexities of human nature.
Learning accurate information about sexuality can help prevent sexual problems and help us be better sex educators for our children. Becoming well informed about sex can also help us deal more effectively with certain types of problems if they occur in our lives (e.g., infertility, sexual dysfunctions, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual harassment). Even more important, studying sexuality can help us become more sensitive and aware in our interpersonal relationships, thus contributing to the growth of intimacy and sexual satisfaction in our lives.
Unfortunately, it is also true that these results do not happen automatically. There is no guarantee that careful study of this text will make finding (or keeping) sexual partners any easier, nor that it will lead to sexual bliss. Instead, we believe that learning about sexuality in an objective fashion will enable our readers to examine important sexual issues some intensely personal, some social, some moral and emerge with deeper insight into themselves and others. We also believe that sexual knowledge can lead to reasoned, responsible interpersonal sexual behavior and can help people make important personal decisions about sex. In short, learning about sexuality is an invaluable preparation for living.