The best 29 Sexuality books

Sexuality is a complex and deeply personal aspect of human experience. To help us navigate this rich and diverse topic, we've curated a thought-provoking book list that explores the many dimensions of sexuality. From sociocultural perspectives to personal stories, these titles offer a valuable opportunity to broaden our understanding and foster empathy. Whether you're looking to expand your knowledge or simply curious about this fundamental part of life, these books are a great starting point.

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Sexuality Books: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson
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What's The Argonauts about?

The Argonauts (2015) invites you on a transformative journey through language, identity, and love. You’ll delve deep into a personal yet universal exploration of queer family-making, motherhood, and relationships. Part memoir and part theory, this powerful narrative challenges you to consider the fluidity of life and embrace the power of transformation.

Who should read The Argonauts?

  • LGBTQ+ individuals exploring identity and relationships
  • Feminists interested in examining gender roles and motherhood
  • Curious minds looking to ponder language, love, and transformation

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Sexuality Books: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel

What's Fun Home about?

Fun Home is a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, exploring her complicated relationship with her father and her own coming out as a lesbian. Through striking illustrations and candid storytelling, Bechdel delves into themes of family, identity, and self-discovery, offering a unique and thought-provoking perspective on the challenges of growing up in a nonconventional household.

Who should read Fun Home?

  • Readers interested in graphic memoirs that explore personal and family dynamics
  • Individuals who appreciate nuanced and introspective storytelling
  • Those who want to gain insights into themes such as identity, sexuality, and the complexities of human relationships

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Sexuality Books: Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

Call Me by Your Name

André Aciman

What's Call Me by Your Name about?

Call Me by Your Name is a captivating novel by André Aciman that tells the story of a passionate summer romance between 17-year-old Elio and 24-year-old Oliver. Set in the sun-drenched Italian countryside, the book explores themes of love, desire, and self-discovery. Aciman's beautiful prose and poignant storytelling make this a must-read for anyone who enjoys a heartfelt and thought-provoking tale.

Who should read Call Me by Your Name?

  • Anyone who enjoys beautifully written, passionate love stories
  • Readers who appreciate vivid descriptions of landscapes and sensory experiences
  • People who are open-minded and interested in exploring complex emotions and relationships

What's Female Chauvinist Pigs about?

Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy explores the rise of raunch culture and the ways in which women are embracing and perpetuating harmful stereotypes. Through interviews and personal anecdotes, Levy delves into the world of strip clubs, reality TV, and porn, and challenges the notion that sexual liberation equals empowerment. Thought-provoking and insightful, this book sheds light on the complex relationship between feminism and the sexualization of women.

Who should read Female Chauvinist Pigs?

  • Tackling the concepts of feminism, sexuality, and empowerment from a critical perspective
  • Challenging traditional gender roles and expectations
  • Examining the impact of media and popular culture on women's self-image and behavior

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Sexuality Books: Sexual Intelligence by Marty Klein

Sexual Intelligence

Marty Klein

What's Sexual Intelligence about?

Sexual Intelligence by Marty Klein is a thought-provoking book that challenges common myths and misconceptions about sex. Through a combination of research, case studies, and practical advice, Klein explores the complexities of human sexuality and offers insights into how individuals can cultivate a healthier and more fulfilling sexual life. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and improving their sexual relationships.

Who should read Sexual Intelligence?

  • Individuals who want to explore and understand their own sexual desires and preferences
  • People in relationships who want to improve communication and intimacy
  • Those who are open-minded and curious about the intersection of psychology and sexuality

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Sexuality Books: Sex and Punishment by Eric Berkowitz

Sex and Punishment

Eric Berkowitz

What's Sex and Punishment about?

Sex and Punishment by Eric Berkowitz delves into the fascinating history of sex laws and their enforcement. From ancient civilizations to modern times, the book explores how societies have sought to regulate sexual behavior and the often harsh punishments that have been imposed. It offers a thought-provoking examination of the intersection between sex, power, and the law.

Who should read Sex and Punishment?

  • Readers interested in the intersection of law and sexuality throughout history
  • Those curious about the cultural and social factors that have shaped sexual norms and taboos
  • Individuals who enjoy thought-provoking non-fiction that challenges conventional wisdom

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Sexuality Books: The Talk by Luke Gilkerson

The Talk

Luke Gilkerson

What's The Talk about?

The Talk by Luke Gilkerson is a practical guide for parents who want to have open and honest conversations with their children about sex and relationships. Filled with helpful tips and real-life examples, this book provides a roadmap for discussing this important topic in a way that is age-appropriate and values-centered.


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Sexuality Books: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green, David Levithan

What's Will Grayson, Will Grayson about?

Will Grayson, Will Grayson follows the intersecting lives of two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson. Written by John Green and David Levithan, this captivating novel explores themes of friendship, love, and self-discovery as the two characters navigate the complexities of high school and relationships. With poignant storytelling and unique perspectives, it offers a thought-provoking and heartwarming read.

Who should read Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult fiction with LGBTQ+ characters and themes
  • People who appreciate unique storytelling formats, such as dual narratives
  • Those looking for a thought-provoking exploration of identity, friendship, and self-acceptance

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Sexuality Books: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Tipping the Velvet

Sarah Waters

What's Tipping the Velvet about?

Tipping the Velvet is a historical fiction novel by Sarah Waters that explores themes of gender identity and sexual freedom in Victorian England. Set in the 1890s, the story follows Nancy Astley, a young woman who falls in love with male impersonator Kitty Butler and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and independence. Through vivid storytelling and rich historical detail, the book delves into the hidden world of queer relationships and the societal constraints of the time.

Who should read Tipping the Velvet?

  • Readers who enjoy historical fiction with a focus on LGBTQ+ themes
  • Individuals interested in exploring the Victorian era and its underground subcultures
  • People who appreciate richly detailed and immersive storytelling

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Sexuality Books: Urban Tantra, Second Edition by Barbara Carrellas

Urban Tantra, Second Edition

Barbara Carrellas

What's Urban Tantra, Second Edition about?

Urban Tantra, Second Edition by Barbara Carrellas is a guide to sacred sex and spiritual intimacy in the modern world. This updated edition offers practical techniques and transformative tools for individuals and couples to explore the power of Tantra, while honoring their individual identities and desires. With a blend of ancient wisdom and contemporary practices, the book invites readers to expand their understanding of pleasure, connection, and self-discovery.

Who should read Urban Tantra, Second Edition?

  • Individuals seeking to explore and expand their sexual and spiritual experiences
  • Couples looking to deepen intimacy, communication, and connection in their relationship
  • People interested in incorporating mindfulness and meditation into their erotic practices

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Sexuality Books: Sperm Wars by Robin Baker

Sperm Wars

Robin Baker

What's Sperm Wars about?

Sperm Wars by Robin Baker delves into the complex and fascinating world of human reproduction. By combining scientific research with real-life examples, Baker explores the concept of sperm competition and its evolutionary significance. From explaining the diversity of sexual behavior to challenging traditional views on monogamy, this book offers a thought-provoking and insightful analysis of human sexuality.

Who should read Sperm Wars?

  • Readers curious about the biological and evolutionary aspects of human sexuality
  • People interested in exploring the science behind reproductive strategies and behavior
  • Individuals who are looking for a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating read

What's The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra about?

The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra by Lance Dane is a comprehensive guide to the ancient Indian text on sexuality and relationships. Filled with beautiful illustrations and insightful commentary, this book explores the philosophy and techniques of the Kama Sutra, offering a unique perspective on love, intimacy, and human connection.

Who should read The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra?

  • Individuals interested in learning about the ancient art of love and intimacy
  • Couples looking to deepen their connection and explore new levels of intimacy
  • People who want to expand their knowledge of sexual pleasure and techniques

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Sexuality Books: Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns by Philip Miller, Molly Devon

Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns

Philip Miller, Molly Devon

What's Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns about?

Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns is a comprehensive guide to the world of BDSM. Written by Philip Miller and Molly Devon, this book delves into the psychology, techniques, and safety aspects of bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, and sadomasochism. It offers practical advice and real-life examples, making it an essential read for those interested in exploring this alternative lifestyle.

Who should read Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns?

  • People who are curious about exploring BDSM or kink
  • Individuals looking to understand the psychology and dynamics of power exchange in relationships
  • Couples wanting to spice up their sex life and explore new sexual experiences together

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Sexuality Books: And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

What's And the Band Played On about?

And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts is a groundbreaking work that chronicles the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Through extensive research and interviews, Shilts delves into the political, scientific, and social factors that contributed to the spread of the disease. This compelling book sheds light on the devastating impact of AIDS and the failure of various institutions to effectively respond to it.

Who should read And the Band Played On?

  • Individuals interested in the history and social impact of the AIDS epidemic
  • Healthcare professionals and researchers seeking insights into public health crises
  • Readers who appreciate compelling narratives that combine scientific analysis with human stories

What's The Way of the Superior Man about?

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida is a guide for men to fulfill their true potential and live a life of purpose and passion. It delves into topics such as relationships, career, and spirituality, offering insights and practical advice on how to navigate these aspects of life with integrity and authenticity.

Who should read The Way of the Superior Man?

  • Men who are seeking to understand and embody their masculine essence
  • Individuals who want to deepen their relationships and improve their communication skills
  • People who are curious about exploring the intersection of spirituality and sexuality

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Sexuality Books: My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

My Horizontal Life

Chelsea Handler

What's My Horizontal Life about?

My Horizontal Life is a memoir by Chelsea Handler that takes a humorous and candid look at her various sexual escapades and relationships. With her trademark wit and no-holds-barred storytelling, Handler shares entertaining and sometimes outrageous anecdotes that offer insights into her own life and the complexities of human connections.

Who should read My Horizontal Life?

  • Adult readers who enjoy humorous and candid storytelling
  • Fans of Chelsea Handler's comedic style and irreverent personality
  • Those curious about the ups and downs of dating and one-night stands

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Sexuality Books: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Friederike Poziemski

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov, Friederike Poziemski

What's Lolita about?

Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov that delves into the controversial and taboo topic of a middle-aged man's obsession with a twelve-year-old girl. Through beautiful prose and intricate storytelling, Nabokov challenges the reader to confront their own moral boundaries and raises questions about the nature of love, desire, and the power dynamics in relationships.

Who should read Lolita?

  • Readers with a strong stomach for controversial and challenging subject matter
  • People interested in exploring the complexities of human nature and obsession
  • Those who appreciate masterful and thought-provoking storytelling

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Sexuality Books: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey

Rupi Kaur

What's Milk and Honey about?

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry and prose that explores themes of love, loss, trauma, and healing. Divided into four chapters, it takes the reader on a journey through the bitter and the sweet moments of life, ultimately offering a message of empowerment and self-discovery.

Who should read Milk and Honey?

  • Readers who appreciate raw and unapologetic poetry
  • Individuals seeking empowerment and healing through words
  • Those who are open to exploring themes of love, loss, trauma, and resilience

What's The Perks of Being a Wallflower about?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a poignant coming-of-age story that follows Charlie, a shy and introspective teenager. Through a series of letters, Charlie shares his experiences as he navigates high school, friendship, love, and loss. The book delves into themes of mental health, identity, and the complexities of growing up.

Who should read The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

  • Teenagers and young adults navigating the ups and downs of adolescence
  • Individuals who appreciate introspective and emotionally resonant storytelling
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age narratives with complex and relatable characters

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Sexuality Books: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides

What's Middlesex about?

Middlesex is a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides that tells the story of Calliope Stephanides, a hermaphrodite who grows up in Detroit. The book explores themes of identity, family, and the immigrant experience, as Calliope navigates her unique journey towards self-discovery and acceptance.

Who should read Middlesex?

  • Readers who enjoy multi-generational family sagas
  • Individuals interested in exploring themes of identity and gender
  • Those who appreciate richly detailed and thought-provoking storytelling

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Sexuality Books: The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Christopher A. Hubert

The Color Purple

Alice Walker, Christopher A. Hubert

What's The Color Purple about?

The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a powerful novel that explores the lives of African American women in the early 20th century. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Celie, the book delves into themes of racism, sexism, and the power of female relationships. It is a poignant and thought-provoking read that has left a lasting impact on its readers.

Who should read The Color Purple?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and emotionally impactful stories
  • Individuals interested in exploring themes of race, gender, and resilience
  • Those looking to expand their understanding of the African American experience

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Sexuality Books: The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

The Purity Myth

Jessica Valenti

What's The Purity Myth about?

The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti challenges the notion of virginity and purity as a measure of a woman's worth. Valenti examines how these concepts are used to control women's bodies and perpetuate harmful stereotypes. She argues for a reevaluation of our cultural obsession with female chastity and a shift towards valuing women for their intelligence, accomplishments, and character.

Who should read The Purity Myth?

  • People who are interested in feminist perspectives on sexuality and gender
  • Individuals who want to challenge societal expectations around virginity and purity
  • Readers who are open to critically examining cultural messages about women's worth

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Sexuality Books: Whipping Girl by Julia Serano

Whipping Girl

Julia Serano

What's Whipping Girl about?

Whipping Girl by Julia Serano explores the intersections of gender, sexism, and transphobia. Through personal anecdotes and insightful analysis, the book challenges traditional notions of femininity and masculinity, shedding light on the discrimination faced by transgender women. It offers a powerful critique of society's treatment of gender non-conforming individuals and advocates for a more inclusive and accepting world.

Who should read Whipping Girl?

  • Individuals interested in understanding the intersection of gender, sexuality, and feminism
  • People who want to challenge and unlearn societal misconceptions and prejudices about transgender individuals
  • Readers seeking personal stories and insights that humanize the transgender experience

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Sexuality Books: Sex God by Rob Bell

Sex God

Rob Bell

What's Sex God about?

Sex God by Rob Bell discusses the intimate connection between spirituality and sexuality. Through thought-provoking ideas and personal anecdotes, Bell challenges traditional views on sex and invites readers to explore a deeper, more fulfilling understanding of both God and human relationships.

Who should read Sex God?

  • Individuals seeking to deepen their spiritual understanding of sexuality
  • Readers interested in exploring the connection between love, desire, and spirituality
  • Those who are open to challenging traditional religious views on sex and God

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What's The Vagina Monologues about?

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler is a groundbreaking collection of interviews, stories, and personal reflections that celebrate and explore the experiences of women. Through candid and fiercely honest monologues, the book addresses issues of sexuality, body image, violence, and empowerment, ultimately challenging societal norms and giving a voice to the often unheard stories of women.

Who should read The Vagina Monologues?

  • Individuals interested in exploring women's experiences and empowerment
  • Those seeking a deeper understanding of issues related to gender, sexuality, and social justice
  • People who appreciate thought-provoking and candid discussions about sensitive topics

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Sexuality Books: Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

Delusions of Gender

Cordelia Fine

What's Delusions of Gender about?

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine challenges the idea that there are innate differences between male and female brains. Through a combination of scientific research and critical analysis, Fine exposes the flawed assumptions and biases that have shaped our understanding of gender differences. This thought-provoking book invites readers to question long-held beliefs and consider the social and cultural factors that influence our perceptions of gender.

Who should read Delusions of Gender?

  • Anyone interested in understanding the role of gender in shaping behavior and society
  • Individuals who want to challenge the assumptions and stereotypes about differences between men and women
  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and well-researched non-fiction books

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Sexuality Books: My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday

My Secret Garden

Nancy Friday

What's My Secret Garden about?

My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday is a groundbreaking exploration of female sexuality. Through a collection of real women's intimate fantasies and desires, Friday challenges societal taboos and sheds light on the complexity of women's inner lives. This book offers a candid and thought-provoking look at a subject often considered off-limits.

Who should read My Secret Garden?

  • Individuals who are curious about the intricacies of female sexuality
  • People who want to understand women's personal and intimate desires
  • Readers who are open-minded and interested in exploring diverse perspectives on sexuality

What's Taking Charge of Your Fertility about?

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler is a comprehensive guide to understanding and tracking your menstrual cycle. It provides valuable information about fertility awareness and natural birth control methods, empowering women to take control of their reproductive health. With detailed explanations and practical tips, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about their own body.

Who should read Taking Charge of Your Fertility?

  • Women who want to understand their fertility and reproductive health
  • Couples trying to conceive or avoid pregnancy
  • Anyone interested in natural and holistic approaches to reproductive wellness

What's The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women about?

'The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women' by Tristan Taormino is a comprehensive and sex-positive book that explores the art of anal pleasure. With a focus on inclusivity and empowerment, the book covers everything from anatomy and preparation to techniques and positions, providing essential information and practical tips for women interested in exploring this intimate aspect of their sexuality.

Who should read The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women?

  • Women who are curious about exploring anal pleasure for themselves
  • Those who want to understand the anatomy and potential benefits of anal sex
  • Individuals looking for practical tips, communication advice, and safety guidelines for anal play

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