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Challenging Casanova


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Acknowledgments vii Introduction 1 Part I: Approaches to Boys Sexual Development 9 1. The Casanova Complex and Its Inaccuracies 11 2. Sexual Behavior During Adolescence 31 3. The Importance of Romantic Relationships 51 Part II: Why We Believe in Casanova 69 4. Evolution, Biology, and Casanova 71 5. Masculinity, Peers, and Identity 86 6. How the Media Promote Casanova 102 7. Appearance and the Casanova Complex 123 Part III: Challenging Casanova 137 8. Non-Casanova Approaches to Dating and Sexuality 139 9. Sexual Knowledge and Values 156 10. Intimacy 175 11. Challenging the Casanova Culture 191 Resources 205 Notes 211 References 229 About the Author 259 Index 261

About the Author

Andrew P. Smiler has been featured in the New York Times and USA Today for his groundbreaking research in teenage and adult sexual behavior and ideas about masculinity. Dr. Smiler was a front-line family therapist and counselor to young men, has been an assistant professor of psychology at SUNY Oswego, and is now a visiting professor at Wake Forest University. He has also published more than a dozen papers in the Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Sex Research , and elsewhere.

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