America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 212 pages
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In Alabama, it's illegal to sell vibrators, but legal to buy a gun. In South Dakota, the governor won't allow Columbia University's teen sexuality information website on library computers. In California, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Color Purple is banned from a high school library due to sexual content. These are just a few of the location-specific examples showing attempts to govern or control our sexual knowledge and activities, says author Marty Klein. At the same time, across the country, courts regularly decide child custody disputes based on the sexuality of one or both parents. Nationwide, the heated fight against same-sex marriage continues. And the academic front is not immune to attack. Congressional members recently launched an attempt to stop funds for all sex research in the United States. In all 50 states, battles rage on political, legal and social fronts regarding legislation and other actions focused on sex, sexuality and sexual education. Groups like Decency in America have more and more involvement with government. President Bush proposed to double the funding for abstinence-only sex education programs to $268 million in 2005. Join Marty Klein, an internationally known therapist who has appeared on shows from Donahue to Oprah and Today, as he focuses attention in this book on the power and injustice of America's War on Sex. Introduced by American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine Strossen, this book will alarm readers.
 

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Dr. Klein's book examines how sexuality is the one area of life in which Americans can preach legal intolerance and be praised as moral and upright citizens instead of bigots. He calls for hard ... Read full review

Contents

Why a War on Sex?
1
Sex EducationWhere Children Come Second
5
3 The Most Powerful Minority in the United States
25
Reproductive Rights
29
5 The Sexual Disaster Industry
47
Broadcast Indecency
51
7 Yes They Really Said That
73
Adult EntertainmentFeverish Dreams Real Estate Nightmares
79
The War on Pornography
123
13 Extreme Religion and Public Policy
143
Sexual Privacy and Sexual MinoritiesCivil Rights or Immoral Privileges?
155
15 Revolutionizing American GovernmentBad News for Democracy
173
Declaration for Human Rights DayHow about Sex?
177
Afterword by Judy Kuriansky Series Editor
179
Notes
181
Selected Bibliography
199

Ammunition in the War on Sex
95
The Internet
103
The Lowest Common Erotic Denominator Project
121
About the Author
201
Index
203
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Marty Klein is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist who has provided some 30,000 sessions for couples and singles across his 25 years in practice. His entire career has been aimed toward a single set of goals: telling the truth about sexuality, helping people feel sexually adequate and powerful, and supporting the healthy sexual expression and exploration of women and men. Marty Klein's previous five books have been acclaimed by media from USA Today to The California Therapist and the Playboy Advisor, and are available in nine languages. A tireless speaker, Klein has given over 600 keynote speeches, training programs and popular lectures across North America and countries including Russia, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Austria, Turkey and Croatia, the last a country where he is affectionately know as The Father of Sex Therapy.

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