A Secret World: Sexuality and the Search for Celibacy

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Psychology Press, 1990 - Psychology - 324 pages
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In a series of essays scrutinizing feminist and post-structuralists positions, Tania Modleski examines "the myth of postfeminism" and its operation in popular culture, especially popular film and cultural studies. In a (First published in 1991.)
  

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Contents

CELIBACY AND THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION
17
THE ORIGINS OF CELIBACY
35
THE MEANINGS OF CELIBACY
52
PATTERNS OF HETEROSEXUALITY
69
THE HOMOSEXUALITIES
103
PRIESTS AND CHILDREN
159
SEXUAL COMPROMISES
188
THE SEX DRIVE
216
WHEN PRIESTS BECOME FATHERS
222
LIVING WITH CELIBACY 137
237
THE ACHIEVEMENT OF CELIBACY
263
REALITY AND RITUAL
281
References
297
Additional Readings
309
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About the author (1990)

A.W. RICHARD SIPE is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor who earlier spent 18 years as a Benedictine monk and priest. He was trained specifically to deal with the mental health problems of Roman Catholic Priests. In the process of training and therapy, he conducted a 25-year ethnographic study of the celibate/sexual behavior of that population. His study, published in 1990, is now considered a classic. Sipe is known internationally and has participated in 12 documentaries on celibacy and priest sexual abuse aired by HBO, BBC, and other networks in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. He has been widely interviewed by media including CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Newsweek and USA Today.

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