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Sexuality and Our Diversity: Integrating Culture with the Biopsychosocial

Version 2.1
By Marcus Tye

Key Features

  • Includes COVID-19 Updates.
  • Contemporary focus on interactions of biological, individual psychological, social, and cultural factors that underpin human sexuality and sexual expression.
  • Written for learners with varying levels of preparation and interest in the subject.
  • Global/comparative coverage, such as drawing parallels between gender roles, economic circumstances, and health in many countries, including the U.S.
  • Flexible fifteen-chapter, modular organization facilitates adding, removing, or rearranging large portions of material or even a sentence or word to align easily with semester, quarter, or accelerated courses and various teaching approaches.
  • Infuses LBGTQ+ cultural variations, inclusion, and equity throughout the main narrative, not as marginalized feature boxes or in a single “diversity” chapter.
  • Each chapter contains learning objectives, interim summaries called “Key Takeaways,” key terms, exercises/discussion questions, and recommended resources. Engaging, embedded video links to free or open sites facilitate flipped classroom models and online course discussions.
  • Useful instructor materials provide support for online courses, including additional exercises and discussion questions (often with hyperlinks) and PowerPoint lecture slides featuring art from the book.


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Sexuality and Our Diversity: Integrating Culture with the Biopsychosocial, v. 2.1 is suitable for human sexuality courses taught primarily in psychology departments. May also be appropriate for human sexuality courses taught in human development, family studies, nursing/allied health, personal health, and sociology departments. Appropriate for courses taught at the undergraduate level at two- and four-year colleges and universities and at the graduate level.

Sexuality and Our Diversity: Integrating Culture with the Biopsychosocial, v. 2.1 takes an integrated approach to exploring the complex dimensions of biology, culture, psychology, sociology, history, and philosophy that explain human sexual diversity. The author contextualizes specific topics, such as sexually transmitted infections, in a broader picture of comprehensive sex education and public policy, access to healthcare, and economic equality. Topics build from basic to advanced to support less well-prepared students while keeping those with prior coursework fully engaged.

New in This Version

  • Version 2.1 includes information about COVID-19
    • Examines the coronavirus as a common threat to humanity and how it is experienced in similar and different ways depending on geographic region, race, and socioeconomic status both globally and within the U.S.
    • Discusses the impact of social distancing and economic insecurity on relationships, desire, dating, safer sex, cybersex, intimate partner violence, sexual aggression, future trends, and more.
  • Reflects the recent updates in Version 2.0
    • Over 1,000 discrete revisions, including new content, updated research, new or refreshed links, and revised exercises.
    • Over 300 video hyperlinks to videos and webpages to enrich online courses, engage students, and reinforce or augment many of the presented topics.
    • New or revised coverage of public policy and law, genetics, neuroscience, affirmative consent, and the #MeToo movement.
      Updated references to trans persons reflect preferences of the trans- and trans-affirmative communities.
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Marcus Tye SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Marcus C. Tye is Dean of the College of Health Professions at Pace University, and a Professor in Health Professions. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and his quantitative research has included the role of privileged communication (confidentiality) in psychotherapy, children’s memory, and credibility assessment. Marcus' work in sexuality has included fair custody evaluations with LGBT parents and the ethical dilemmas posed by “re-orientation therapy.” He first started teaching human sexuality in 2003 and aimed to write a comprehensive textbook that was accessible for beginning students, yet relevant for advanced students. His goal was to include cultural variation, gender and economic equity, global development, and LGBT equity throughout the text. Dissatisfied with texts that were heavily influenced by one theoretical perspective, he has written a text that is respectful of the multiple intellectual disciplines that contribute to a full understanding of gender and sexuality, including neuroscience, developmental, cognitive and social psychology, while also respecting the work of historians, comparative public policy and law. When teaching and writing about sexuality, Dr. Tye explains to students how to reconcile seemingly contradictory perspectives and conflicting studies on topics such as gender differences. He contextualizes specific topics such as STIs in a broader picture of comprehensive sex education and public policy, access to healthcare, and economic inequality. Prior to full time academic administration, Dr. Tye’s other regular teaching included the evolutionary origins of human nature, cross-cultural psychology, and abnormal psychology. He has an AB from Princeton University, with additional undergraduate study at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. Marcus' doctoral degree is from the University of North Dakota, with clinical training completed within the New York State Office of Mental Health. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, Micronesia, and North America, and cultural diversity forms a core part of his professional writing and work. Earlier work has included the College of Staten Island—City University of New York (CUNY), National University, Dowling College, the University of Guam, and the New York State Department of Mental Health.

Additions & Errata


Section 5.6:
Under the “Laws, Psychiatry, and Sexual Orientation From the 19th to the 21st Centuries” section, the paragraph regarding the Pride flag was updated with new information and an image of the flag (Figure 5.5).

Section 6.1:
Under the “COVID-19 and Dating” subsection, the third paragraph was updated with new information regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Under the “'We’re All in This Together.' Or Are We?” section, both paragraphs were updated with new information on vaccines and returning to in-person instruction in Fall 2021.

Exercises and discussion question #3 was updated.

Section 7.4:
The last paragraph under the “COVID-19 and Sexual Behavior” section was updated with new information regarding vaccination.

Section 8.4:
Under the “Demographic Gender Differences: Lifespan, Race, and Ethnicity and COVID-19” section, information about COVID-19 rates among men and women was updated in the ninth paragraph.

Section 13.3:
Learning objective #7 was updated and learning objective #8 was added.

Under the “COVID-19: A Novel Coronavirus and a New Global Pandemic” section, the third paragraph was updated with information on a pandemic versus an endemic and the lack of COVID-19 immunization across the world. The last paragraph in this section also now mentions vaccines.

In the Key Takeaways, the second bullet was updated with new information on vaccines and mutations.

Section 13.5:
The “Safer Sex and COVID-19 (and Safer Everyday Living)” section is now titled “Safer Sex, COVID-19, Vaccines (and Safer Everyday Living)”. This entire section was updated to include new information on masking, vaccination, and other precautions.

Exercises and discussion question #4 was updated.

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