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A New Book with Contributions by Dr. Ray Noonan:
Now Available! The revised and updated single-volume edition of this acclaimed work with 62 countries and places covering every continent and outer space!
The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (CCIES) (2004)
Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D., and Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D., Editors
The Continuum International Publishing Group, New York and London
1,436 pp. 7 3/8" x 11", Hardbound, $195 ($225 as of July 1, 2004), ISBN: 0-8264-1488-5
|| The updated and revised single-volume Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (CCIES), includes virtually the entire first four volumes of the acclaimed International Encyclopedia of Sexuality with many new countries and places covering every continent. Edited by Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D., and Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D., published in 2004 by Continuum International Publishing Group: Includes my chapter on “Outer Space and Antarctica,” which highlights cross-cultural sexuality issues that will have an impact on the human future in space, based partly on my dissertation, as well as a new section on Antarctica and an introduction to life in extreme environments. Included also are my contributions to the Brazil and United States chapters, as well our coauthored conclusion: “Global Trends: Some Final Impressions.” For the table of contents, highlights of critical reviews, or more information, see the CCIES website: http://www.SexQuest.com/ccies/. Order from amazon.com!
Important Recent Conference Presentations:
“Sex in Space: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis for Present and Future Studies.” Sunday, November 12, 2000, 10:30am-12:30pm, at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), November 9-12, 2000, Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida.
“Philosophy and Sex: Foundations and Analysis in Sex Research (CE Workshop U: 3 CEs).” Sunday, November 12, 2000, 1:00-4:00pm, at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), November 9-12, 2000, Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida.
“Sexuality and Space: Theoretical Considerations for Extended Spaceflight.” Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 2:00-5:30pm, at New Horizons: The 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), May 14-20, 2000, Westin Galleria and Oaks, Houston, Texas (Poster Presentation). This was my first presentation based on the results of my dissertation (below). Of special note was that I was a finalist for the Young Investigators Award of the Space Medicine Branch of AsMA for my presentation.
In the Spring of 1998, I completed my doctorate at New York University. An abstract, the table of contents, and the preface of my dissertation, A Philosophical Inquiry into the Role of Sexology in Space Life Sciences Research and Human Factors Considerations for Extended Spaceflight, the first comprehensive analysis of the issue of sex in space, can be found at this link. In addition, you will find links to ordering information from University Microfilms (UMI).
Also, check out Ray Noonan’s Archives: NASA’s Sex in Space and Humans in Space Web Pages, an outstanding introduction to the space life sciences written by Ken Jenks of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Now available: My often-cited master’s thesis, Sex Surrogates: A Clarification of Their Functions, for those who always wanted to know what surrogates really do! Be sure to visit the Web site of the International Professional Surrogates Association (IPSA) for additional information about sex surrogate therapy.
|| 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.
Important and Interesting Past Conference Presentations:
“Heterophobia: The Evolution of an Idea,” (CE Workshop Z: 2 CEs). Saturday, November 6, 1999, 2:15-4:45pm, at the 1999 Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), November 3-7, 1999, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri.
Although, as a sexologist, I regard the issue of heterophobia as more broadly based in its manifestations, Professor Daphne Patai provides a focused look at one particular aspect of it in her important recent book, Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism, which I highly recommend.
“From Columbine to Fashion to Virtual Reality: Toward a Holistic Sexual Ecology I & II.” Saturday, October 16, 1999, at Healthy Sexuality in the 21st Century, an AASECT New York City Metro Section conference at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT/SUNY) in New York City. For more information: Healthy Sexuality in the 21st Century at F.I.T.
“The New Media: Reflections of Our Sexuality from the Internet,” a presentation at the 1998 Joint Annual Meeting of SSSS and AASECT in November 1998 in Los Angeles.
“The Social Construction of Sexual Harassment and Heterophobia” in “Alt.sex.conference II: A Follow-Up Symposium on Controversial Unaddressed Issues,” chaired at the historic second alt.sex.conference, a symposium held November 13, 1998, at the 1998 Joint Annual Meeting of SSSS and AASECT in Los Angeles, California.
“The Sexual Health Initiative (SHI): Toward a Sane Sex Perspective” at the historic first alt.sex.conference, held November 14, 1997, during the 1997 Joint Annual Meeting of SSSS and AASECT in Arlington, Virginia. Alt.sex.conference speakers addressed heterophobia and other factors that are having a detrimental effect on human sexuality discourse today.
“Realizing Sexual Potential Through the World Wide Web” in A. Cooper (Chair), Sexuality and the Internet—Surfing into the Next Millennium, a symposium conducted at the 105th Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (APA), August 18, 1997, Chicago, IL.
|Information about the newest edition of my book, Does Anyone Still Remember When Sex Was Fun? Positive Sexuality in the Age of AIDS, 3rd edition, is now available at SexQuest. Politically correct . . . NOT; the true facts about sex everyone needs to know . . . YES!|
Edited by Peter B. Anderson, Diane de Mauro, & Raymond J. Noonan (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1996) [ISBN: 0-7872-2723-4].
|Now out of print, but available soon in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format! However, used copies are often available at amazon.com.|
- For a brief on-line interview with me, read Amazon.com Books’ Author Interview while you’re there. You can also order the book through Amazon.com, although they do not discount it (neither does the publisher). (Press the “Back” button of your browser to get back here after reading the interview; make sure you order the third edition and not the first edition, which is long out of print and way out of date.)
- Also, excerpts from the second edition of my book, Does Anyone Still Remember When Sex Was Fun? Positive Sexuality in the Age of AIDS, are now available for viewing on-line. These should give you a taste of the new edition, which expands much further on the ideas presented here.
- Survival Strategies for Lovers in the 1990s
Synopsis: Survival Strategies for Lovers in the 1990s discusses general guidelines for the satisfying and healthy expression of sexuality that are particularly relevant to our lives today as we enter the new millennium—during what hopefully will be the closing years of the age of AIDS. They will be vital in the aftermath of AIDS that will probably occur in the opening years of the 21st Century.
- The Politics of Sexuality and AIDS: Psychosocial Aspects and Other Theoretical Considerations
Synopsis: “When you have sex with someone, you’re having sex with everyone else they’ve had sex with,” is just one of the popular myths that are debunked by Dr. Noonan, making this his most important chapter—and the most controversial in the book. In it, he introduced his Sane Sex Alternative to contemporary misinformation about sex and AIDS, as well as his concept of AIDS-Related Fears and Anxieties (ARFA), a generalized, misdirected fear of sex and intimacy that plagues many people because of the misuse of AIDS and other potentially negative aspects of sexual expression as instruments of terror by those who wish to impose and enforce their own highly restrictive and narrow views of sexual morality. Included is a discussion of the concept of relative risk and how our perception of risk is distorted in sexual and other matters. A more accurate assessment of sexual risk is then presented. A must-read for everyone!
- 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. Written (mostly) and edited by former students and faculty in the Human Sexuality Program at New York University, this newest revision of the first book to approach sexuality from a positive perspective during these days of AIDS addresses the issue from many perspectives, from the traditional to the alternative.
Current and Recent Major Projects:
Assistant Professor and Chair, Health and Physical Education Department.
- Chairperson of the Department (2001-present; Acting: Spring 2001)
- Human Sexuality (Spring 1995, 1997-2004; Fall 2001-2002)
- Health Education (Fall 1995-1996, 2000, 2002; Spring, 1996, 1999-2000)
- Stress Management (Fall 2000-2004; Winter 2001-2004; Spring 2002-2004; Summer 2001-2004)
- Chair, Liberal Arts Division Distance Learning Committee
(Fall 1998; Spring 1999; Fall 1999; Spring 2000)
- Developed online course in human sexuality (Fall 1999)
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences.
- Sex Information and the Health Professional (Spring 1998)
Ph.D. recipient. Research and writing interests (primary areas of expertise):
- SexQuest: The Sex Files On-Line
“Your First Source for Sexuality Information on the Web”
“Reaffirming a Positive and Hopeful View of the Human Future”
- Educational Consulting and Educational Materials Development
- Action and Advocacy
- Web Site Design and Administration Services
- Desktop Publishing/Graphic Design/Typesetting
- Computer Consulting and Training
- Technical Writing and Editing
- and more! Follow the link above.
- Computer and Writing Teacher
- Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)
- The “White Collar Union” in the U.S. (AFL-CIO) and Canada (CLC)
Representing workers in both the public and private sectors.
- OPEIU Local 153
Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D.
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