Sexuality Now,
7th Edition

Janell L. Carroll

ISBN-13: 9780357947050
Copyright 2025 | Not Yet Published (2024-06-21)
736 pages | List Price: USD $212.95

Sex is undoubtedly on your mind. So, wouldn’t you prefer a human sexuality text that truly resonates with your life and addresses your curiosities? Far beyond merely laying the groundwork in sexuality’s biology and psychology, Caroll's SEXUALITY NOW: EMBRACING DIVERSITY, 7th Edition, goes the extra mile to connect with you. It delves into contemporary issues as well as the ever-changing landscape of sexual practices and behaviors and how they impact your life. The text uses informative visuals, embracing the fluidity of sexual orientation and gender while remaining attentive to the diverse contexts of your own experiences. Enlightening discussions about sexuality result, empowering you to learn more about yourself and what’s happening around you. This text is a revealing journey, offering valuable insights that will enrich your understanding of yourself and the world around you.


1. Exploring Human Sexuality: Past and Present.
2. Understanding Human Sexuality: Theory and Research.
3. Communication and Sexuality.
4. Gender Development, Gender Roles, and Gender Identity.
5. Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology.
6. Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology.
7. Love and Intimacy.
8. Childhood and Adolescent Sexuality.
9. Adult Sexual Relationships.
10. Sexual Expression.
11. Sexual Orientation.
12. Pregnancy and Birth.
13. Contraception and Abortion.
14. Challenges to Sexual Functioning.
15. Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS.
16. Varieties of Sexual Expression.
17. Power and Coercion.
18. Sexual Images and Selling Sex.

  • 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

  • This edition places significant emphasis on exploring sexual diversity worldwide, with a special focus on LGBTQ issues. In addition, it goes beyond the fundamental aspects of sexuality’s biology and psychology to engage students with compelling contemporary issues, evolving practices and behaviors, as well as their far-reaching implications.

  • This edition sets a new standard among sexuality texts with its unparalleled focus on recent research, delivering up-to-date coverage on a range of pertinent topics, including the repercussions of the reversal of Roe v Wade, advancements in contraceptive technologies, updated recommendations on pelvic exams and PAP tests, biases in research on Black sexuality, the impact of the COVID pandemic on college students, involuntary celibacy (inceldom), the impact of internalized homophobia and sex minority stressors on LGBTQ relationships, sexual assault and the role of Title IX on college campuses.

  • The 7th edition introduces a range of key features specifically designed to captivate students’ interest and ignite communication and engagement. These features include Real Research, On Your Mind, Sex in Real Life and Sexual Diversity in Our World. Readers will find an array of these engaging features in every chapter, seamlessly incorporated to enhance students' learning experience and exploration of various topics in human sexuality.

  • The Real Research feature incorporates the latest findings from cutting-edge studies, presenting intriguing research tidbits for students to explore. This feature covers a wide range of fascinating topics such as the effects of COVID on LGBTQ students, the use of social media in pansexual, asexual, queer and gender non-conforming students and the effects of cannabis use on the menstrual cycle. These captivating insights not only keep the content fresh and relevant but also encourage students to delve deeper into the world of contemporary research and its implications.

  • The On Your Mind feature presents common questions that today’s students have about sexuality but might not feel comfortable asking in class. Collected from the author’s students, her website and travels, questions include Will I be able to have a baby if I have fibroids? Why are penises hard in the morning so often? Will I be messed up if I walked in on my parents having sex? and Do I need to switch the time I take my pill during daylight savings time?

  • The Sex in Real Life feature sheds light on contemporary subjects that are highly relevant to everyday life. These topics include topics such as tampon use, sexual performance scams and the utilization of puberty-delay drugs, providing students with practical insights and understanding.

  • The Sexual Diversity in Our World feature presents thought-provoking content that challenges students’ preconceptions about sexuality. These features illustrate how attitudes and behaviors vary across different cultures, both in the United States and globally. Engaging topics covered include approaches to sex education in Holland, female genital mutilation, foot binding in China and AIDS orphans in Africa, encouraging students to gain a broader perspective on the complexities of human sexuality around the globe.

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