Sex on Yuwer Street

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This book is about human heterosexual behavior: who is doing it, what they are doing, how they are doing it, and with whom. It is about a street in a suburb in your town; a street called Yuwer Street. Open your door, go out into the middle of “your” street and look in both directions. Look at the homes on your street. This book is a window into what may be happening in the lives of the people living in the houses you see on your street.

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Is this your street?

Sex is a physical act. It is also an emotional experience. It can be enjoyed, abused, and used for exploitive purposes. It can build or destroy relationships. It can create life and it can kill. It can make you happy or sad. It can be pleasant or painful. There is nothing else quite like it in human experience.

This book is about human heterosexual behavior: who is doing it, what they are doing, how they are doing it, and with whom. It is about a street in a suburb in your town; a street called Yuwer Street. Open your door, go out into the middle of “your” street and look in both directions. Look at the homes on your street. This book is a window into what may be happening in the lives of the people living in the houses you see on your street.

The book was written to be educational and explorative. It is explicit, yet is not meant to be pornographic. The stories I created are based on the studies of the medical and social aspects of sex. It is one thing to say that 15% of fifteen-year-old girls have performed fellatio on a boy; it is another thing to have it explicitly described in the context of a young girl’s life. It is one thing to vaguely describe swinging, but quite another to read the details of what happened to a couple that became swingers.

The stories are based on the research and reading I have done. I have tried to portray things as accurately as possible. Sometimes, as in the chapter on infertility, I have focused on some interesting and often little known aspect of the issue rather than dealing with the issue in detail.

The story and information in each chapter of this book are based on papers published in medical and social literature. It is as close as we can get to the medical and social truth about sex—not because I say so, but because the people who study sex and sexual activity and behavior say so. I am but the messenger.

The scenario in each chapter of the book is based on how the evidence from one or more published pieces of scientific work might play out in real life. The scenario is then followed by a review of the evidence, written in a way that the lay public—you as a sexual being, as a parent or adolescent—can understand. It is my intent that counselors and healthcare professionals will also find it useful.

There are twelve homes on Yuwer Street. You meet the people living there. Each home has a story. Sometimes the story intertwines with people living in other houses on the street. It is a series of short stories, variably related—sometimes loosely, sometimes closely, but always in a way that provides a vision of the sexual life of people on Yuwer Street.

It is unlikely that on any single street in any single city all of these sexual behaviors are taking place. However, the likelihood that at least one of these scenarios is playing out on your street probably approaches 100%. You may have personally experienced one or more of them.

Why did I write this book? I believe that modern sexual behavior is not sufficiently and clearly addressed for health practitioners in the literature. Parents may also not be fully aware of how sexual behavior has changed in the past two decades. This change, I believe, is due primarily to the availability of explicit sexual content on the internet. There is incredible pressure on adolescents to ‘perform’ in ways that they believe constitute the new sexual norm. As a family physician, sexual behavior and its medical and social consequences fall within my scope of practice. All family physicians, other healthcare providers, and sexual health counselors should be aware of the issues and experiences of the characters in this book. While the characters are fictional the behaviors and their consequences are not.

I hope you find the book interesting, entertaining and useful.

Marshall Godwin, MD
January 2007