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Sexual Health for Men

Ever since God got angry with David and took away his potency, male sexual function has been more clouded in mystery and myth than in science. But science has done an admirable job catching up, starting with the clever Belgian cleric who observed barnyard chickens in the mid-19th century and determined that the rooster's testicles were the key to his relentless sexual drive. We now know that about 30 million American men suffer erectile dysfunction; that about 40,000 men a year die of prostate cancer; and that men have three kinds of erections (sexual, frictional, and nocturnal). But there's still a bigger story to tell, and Dr. Richard Spark, a noted endocrinologist, leads us down many paths. We learn about the effects of drugs and alcohol on sexual function, and the role of hormones in male sexual health (and what happens when those hormones are given a boost, usually in the form of an injectable substance purchased in a locker room from a guy with 20-inch biceps). Dr. Spark does an admirable job of lassoing all this information into a very useful guide, keeping it all in layman's terms, and organizing it in such a way that the information you need is easy to find and easy to understand once you find it. Size may not matter in sexual intercourse, but in the case of Sexual Health for Men, the magnitude of the volume definitely translates into value. --Lou Schuler

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I will be a junior in high school next year, and because I've been lucky to stumble on a lot of really great sex-positive resources, I've learned I have a pretty strong interest in sexuality--as in, studying it/doing something in it as a career. However, getting information about this field is much more difficult than, say, engineering or law. What are jobs within this field, what are areas in college/majors you'd advise, and what are some ways I can get involved now, as a minor? My areas of interest are not really in the medical field--I'm more interested in counseling, giving advice, activism, and education

Also, do you have any advice for telling people about my interest? Right now the only person who knows is my boyfriend, because it's really difficult for me to trust most other people to not equivocate wanting to study sexuality with being obsessed with having sex. Esp my parents, who are politically liberal in every way except in their parenting. They ask me what I want to do with my life really often, and it's kinda stressful to not be able to talk to them.

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