One of our most important projects—designed for Everywoman and Everyman—is the Pro-Sex Forum. Founded in 1986 as an integral part of the Sex Institute’s Focus on AIDS and the Future, one of our programs for professionals, the Pro-Sex Forum addresses the negative impact of AIDS and other issues on sexual relationships today and tomorrow. Too often, inaccurate and misleading information is reported as scientific truth—many times by well-meaning people, but more often by those with oppressive political agendas. Censorship, homophobia, and religious bigotry are often sanctioned, ostensibly to uphold a vision of the “family” that reflects little of today’s realities or the needs of most people. At the same time, heterophobia is rampant. It has been said that there is no more powerful force than an idea whose time has come. Today that idea is the belief in the inherently positive nature of human sexuality. Many sexuality professionals are slowly beginning to adopt ideas we first promulgated over a decade ago as the Sane Sex Alternative. It’s time for a level-headed rational approach to sexuality. Simple answers are no longer adequate and hysterical antisexualism defeats us all. Discover the Sane Sex Alternative: There’s never been a better time to join the Pro-Sex Forum! Any interested individual may join the Pro-Sex Forum who is concerned about the unnecessarily negative impact of AIDS and other sometimes-negative aspects of human sexuality on intimate relationships caused by the misuse of these issues as political weapons against our sexual selves. Also, anyone should join who is concerned with the increasingly successful attempts of the fanatical, anti-American religious right, through conservative political leaders and others, to suppress the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and to impose a religious dictatorship on America by abridging our freedoms of speech, choice, and artistic expression. Membership in the Pro-Sex Forum will also support our newest project: the Sexual Health Initiative. Introduced by SexQuest/Sex Institute director Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D., in November 1993 at a national meeting of professional sexologists, the Sexual Health Initiative proposed that we begin addressing immediately the problems that affect us all. These problems include the ordinary sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the need for more effective, safe, and convenient contraceptives. He argued that our collective failure to adequately address these issues in the past is the reason that more serious problems like AIDS have become so potent today. Details of the Sexual Health Initiative can be found in the third edition of Dr. Noonan’s book, Does Anyone Still Remember When Sex Was Fun? Positive Sexuality in the Age of AIDS, and will be highlighted at this Web site in the near future. A subscription to Pro-Sex Connections, the quarterly newsletter of SexQuest/The Sex Institute (which we are still trying to get off the ground—we need people to contribute articles—see below), is included in the $50.00 annual membership fee. Students may join at a special annual rate of $40.00. As an added bonus, members will also receive a copy of the most recent edition of the book, Does Anyone Still Remember When Sex Was Fun? Positive Sexuality in the Age of AIDS.
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Writers Wanted for Pro-Sex ConnectionsIf you have something to say—from your own personal or professional experiences or things you’ve seen in the media—about how sexuality is being portrayed as unnecessarily and/or irrationally negative and destructive—or how sexuality is being more positively and unexpectedly viewed—contact Dr. Ray Noonan by e-mail at SexQuest/The Sex Institute. Other subjects might include thoughtful insights into how you or someone you know are coping with antisexualism—and making their sexuality a healthy and positive part of their lives.
Membership InformationYou can still join the Pro-Sex Forum at the special World Wide Web annual rate of $50.00. Students may also join now at the special annual rate of $40.00. To qualify for the special student membership rate, include the name of your school, its location, your department and program, your level of study (i.e., undergraduate or graduate), and your expected year of graduation. To join the Pro-Sex Forum (which includes a free copy of the book Does Anyone Still Remember When Sex Was Fun? Positive Sexuality in the Age of AIDS (3rd ed.) and a subscription to Pro-Sex Connections, the quarterly newsletter of the Sex Institute (when it gets off the ground) by e-mail: Print the order/membership form and mail it with your check or money order (made payable to Dr. Raymond J. Noonan) for $50 ($40 for students) to:
Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D.You can also order the book online from amazon.com by clicking this button:
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Now out of print, but available soon in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format! However, used copies might be available. Follow this link for more information on the book Does Anyone Still Remember When Sex Was Fun? Positive Sexuality in the Age of AIDS.
Volume 4 of the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (IES4), including 17 new countries and places, Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D., Editor, and Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D., Associate Editor, published in May 2001 by Continuum International Publishing Group: Includes my chapter on “Outer Space,” which highlights cross-cultural sexuality issues that will have an impact on the human future in space, based partly on my dissertation. For the table of contents or more information, see the IES4 Web site: http://www.SexQuest.com/IES4/, including supplemental chapters available only on the Web. Order from amazon.com!
“The Impact of AIDS on Our Perception of Sexuality” and “Sex Surrogates: The Continuing Controversy,” in Robert T. Francoeur’s Sexuality in America: Understanding Our Sexual Values and Behavior, published in August 1998 by Continuum Publishing Co. This new book contains an updated version of the chapter on the United States contained in the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, Vol. 3 (in the set below). Now available in paperback at amazon.com!
Two articles in Robert T. Francoeur’s International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, published in August 1997 by Continuum Publishing Co.: “The Impact of AIDS on Our Perception of Sexuality” and “Sex Surrogates: The Continuing Controversy” in the United States chapter in volume 3, and additional comments (with Sandra Almeida) in the chapter on Brazil in volume 1. Encourage your library to purchase this three-volume, 1737-page set—the most comprehensive cross-cultural survey of sexuality in 33 countries ever published. Order from amazon.com.
“The Psychology of Sex: A Mirror from the Internet,” in Jayne Gackenbach’s Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal and Transpersonal Implications, published by Academic Press in October 1998. Visit the publisher to see the table of contents and more information, then come back here and order it from amazon.com.
The third edition of the book, Does Anyone Still Remember When Sex Was Fun? Positive Sexuality in the Age of AIDS, 3rd edition, edited by Peter B. Anderson, Diane de Mauro, & Raymond J. Noonan, published by Kendall/Hunt in September 1996. Click here for more information about the book.
The latest on positive sexuality from the first book to address the issue: For anyone concerned about the increasingly negative ways in which sex is being portrayed in public life—and who wants to do something positive about it.
Now out of print, but available soon in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format! However, used copies might be available at amazon.com.
R. J. Noonan. (1998). A Philosophical Inquiry into the Role of Sexology in
Space Life Sciences Research and Human Factors
Considerations for Extended Spaceflight.
For information, see Dr. Ray Noonan’s Dissertation Information Pages:
[Abstract] [Table of Contents] [Preface] [AsMA 2000 Presentation Abstract]