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Sex : opposing viewpoints
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Williams, Mary E., 1960-
Publication Information:
San Diego : Greenhaven Press, 2000.
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218 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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English
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9780737703528

9780737703511
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This compelling volume includes debates on premarital sex, cohabitation, homosexuality, and pornography. Deb Price, David Popenoe, and others explore contemporary sexual mores in the following chapters: What Is the State of Sexual Ethics in America? What Sexual Behaviors Should Society Promote? How Should Sex Education Be Conducted? Are Some Sexual Practices Unacceptable?


Summary

This compelling volume includes debates on premarital sex, cohabitation, homosexuality, and pornography. Deb Price, David Popenoe, and others explore contemporary sexual mores in the following chapters: What Is the State of Sexual Ethics in America? What Sexual Behaviors Should Society Promote? How Should Sex Education Be Conducted? Are Some Sexual Practices Unacceptable?


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This excellent collection addresses four major areas of controversy-the erosion of sexual ethics, sexual norms, sex education, and some specific behaviors. Within each major area, three topics are studied, with paired articles presenting the pro and con viewpoints. These include the research of Alfred Kinsey, sexual freedom, same-sex marriage, virginity pledges, cohabitation, abstinence-only programs, gay-tolerance education, pornography, and prostitution. The articles are drawn from professional journals, popular periodicals, organizational Web sites, and government documents. Most were written between 2003 and 2005. The authors include professors, journalists, attorneys, representatives and officials of proactive organizations for various causes, and even those with personal experience, such as Heidi Fleiss ("Prostitution Should Be Legalized"). Many of the articles have been edited for brevity and clarity. Full citations are given. The writing is generally clear, occasionally lively and personal, and at times impassioned. Each chapter opens with a concise, context-creating essay and concludes with a list of additional articles on the topics. Each piece begins with a brief summary, professional identification of the author, and questions to consider. Back matter includes further questions for discussion and a list of organizations. Not light reading, but intriguing in its revelation of the many facets of the controversies surrounding the personal and social impact of human sexuality, this volume will be helpful to researchers and those seeking to understand their opponents' viewpoints as well as their own.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This excellent collection addresses four major areas of controversy-the erosion of sexual ethics, sexual norms, sex education, and some specific behaviors. Within each major area, three topics are studied, with paired articles presenting the pro and con viewpoints. These include the research of Alfred Kinsey, sexual freedom, same-sex marriage, virginity pledges, cohabitation, abstinence-only programs, gay-tolerance education, pornography, and prostitution. The articles are drawn from professional journals, popular periodicals, organizational Web sites, and government documents. Most were written between 2003 and 2005. The authors include professors, journalists, attorneys, representatives and officials of proactive organizations for various causes, and even those with personal experience, such as Heidi Fleiss ("Prostitution Should Be Legalized"). Many of the articles have been edited for brevity and clarity. Full citations are given. The writing is generally clear, occasionally lively and personal, and at times impassioned. Each chapter opens with a concise, context-creating essay and concludes with a list of additional articles on the topics. Each piece begins with a brief summary, professional identification of the author, and questions to consider. Back matter includes further questions for discussion and a list of organizations. Not light reading, but intriguing in its revelation of the many facets of the controversies surrounding the personal and social impact of human sexuality, this volume will be helpful to researchers and those seeking to understand their opponents' viewpoints as well as their own.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Teresa R. WagnerJohn BancroftKristina Sauerwein and Don FederFrederica Mathewes-GreenRoger ScrutonPeter SteinfelsSarah E. HinlickyValerie Gibson and Eric ZornRobyn Brown and Susan S. LangDavid Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe WhiteheadDonald DeMarcoJames NuechterleinCarolyn MacklerMary Renee SmithMona CharenBeth ReisWilliam Norman GriggNina HartleyRosaline BushLacey SloanNell BeramAlicia PotterRobert H. KnightTeresa R. WagnerJohn BancroftKristina Sauerwein and Don FederFrederica Mathewes-GreenRoger ScrutonPeter SteinfelsSarah E. HinlickyValerie Gibson and Eric ZornRobyn Brown and Susan S. LangDavid Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe WhiteheadDonald DeMarcoJames NuechterleinCarolyn MacklerMary Renee SmithMona CharenBeth ReisWilliam Norman GriggNina HartleyRosaline BushLacey SloanNell BeramAlicia PotterRobert H. Knight
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 What Is the State of Sexual Ethics in America?
Chapter Prefacep. 17
1. Alfred Kinsey's Research Has Undermined Sexual Moralityp. 19
2. Alfred Kinsey's Research Has Advanced the Study of Human Sexualityp. 25
3. Youths Are Sexually Permissivep. 32
4. Youths Are Becoming More Sexually Conservativep. 39
5. Sexual Liberation Has Harmed Americap. 47
6. Sexual Misinformation Has Harmed Americap. 52
7. Misjudgment of the Power of Sexuality Has Harmed Americap. 60
Periodical Bibliographyp. 64
Chapter 2 What Sexual Behaviors Should Society Promote?
Chapter Prefacep. 67
1. Premarital Virginity Is Beneficialp. 69
2. Premarital Sex Can Be Beneficialp. 77
3. Couples Should Live Together Before Marriagep. 83
4. Couples Should Not Live Together Before Marriagep. 89
5. Contraception Compromises Marital Intimacyp. 96
6. Contraception Does Not Compromise Marital Intimacyp. 103
Periodical Bibliographyp. 108
Chapter 3 How Should Sex Education Be Conducted?
Chapter Prefacep. 110
1. Schools Should Emphasize Comprehensive Sex Educationp. 112
2. Schools Should Emphasize Abstinence-Only Sex Educationp. 122
3. Students Should Be Taught About Masturbationp. 133
4. Students Should Not Be Taught About Masturbationp. 137
5. Schools Should Teach Students About Homosexualityp. 141
6. Schools Should Not Teach Students to Accept Homosexualityp. 148
Periodical Bibliographyp. 156
Chapter 4 Are Some Sexual Practices Unacceptable?
Chapter Prefacep. 158
1. Pornography Is Beneficialp. 160
2. Pornography Is Harmfulp. 168
3. Prostitution Should Be Decriminalizedp. 179
4. Prostitution Demeans Womenp. 184
5. Multiple Relationships Are a Legitimate Alternative to Monogamous Marriagep. 189
6. Multiple Relationships Are Not a Legitimate Alternative to Monogamous Marriagep. 196
Periodical Bibliographyp. 201
For Further Discussionp. 202
Organizations to Contactp. 204
Bibliography of Booksp. 209
Indexp. 213
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 What Is the State of Sexual Ethics in America?
Chapter Prefacep. 17
1. Alfred Kinsey's Research Has Undermined Sexual Moralityp. 19
2. Alfred Kinsey's Research Has Advanced the Study of Human Sexualityp. 25
3. Youths Are Sexually Permissivep. 32
4. Youths Are Becoming More Sexually Conservativep. 39
5. Sexual Liberation Has Harmed Americap. 47
6. Sexual Misinformation Has Harmed Americap. 52
7. Misjudgment of the Power of Sexuality Has Harmed Americap. 60
Periodical Bibliographyp. 64
Chapter 2 What Sexual Behaviors Should Society Promote?
Chapter Prefacep. 67
1. Premarital Virginity Is Beneficialp. 69
2. Premarital Sex Can Be Beneficialp. 77
3. Couples Should Live Together Before Marriagep. 83
4. Couples Should Not Live Together Before Marriagep. 89
5. Contraception Compromises Marital Intimacyp. 96
6. Contraception Does Not Compromise Marital Intimacyp. 103
Periodical Bibliographyp. 108
Chapter 3 How Should Sex Education Be Conducted?
Chapter Prefacep. 110
1. Schools Should Emphasize Comprehensive Sex Educationp. 112
2. Schools Should Emphasize Abstinence-Only Sex Educationp. 122
3. Students Should Be Taught About Masturbationp. 133
4. Students Should Not Be Taught About Masturbationp. 137
5. Schools Should Teach Students About Homosexualityp. 141
6. Schools Should Not Teach Students to Accept Homosexualityp. 148
Periodical Bibliographyp. 156
Chapter 4 Are Some Sexual Practices Unacceptable?
Chapter Prefacep. 158
1. Pornography Is Beneficialp. 160
2. Pornography Is Harmfulp. 168
3. Prostitution Should Be Decriminalizedp. 179
4. Prostitution Demeans Womenp. 184
5. Multiple Relationships Are a Legitimate Alternative to Monogamous Marriagep. 189
6. Multiple Relationships Are Not a Legitimate Alternative to Monogamous Marriagep. 196
Periodical Bibliographyp. 201
For Further Discussionp. 202
Organizations to Contactp. 204
Bibliography of Booksp. 209
Indexp. 213