America's War On Sex / Edition 1

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Overview

The Right has politicized private life, expanding the zone of public sexuality. This guarantees policies that will worsen social problems and increase personal anxiety, providing proof that sexuality is fundamentally negative—so citizens demand more sex-negative policies.

With examples ripped from today's headlines, with brutal honesty and a wicked sense of humor, Marty Klein names names, challenges political hypocrisy, and shows the financial connections between government and conservative religious groups that are systematically taking away your rights. And, in the process, changing American society—forever.

In our free society, people have the right to choose how they live their lives.— President George Bush, June 3, 2006

So why does our government want to censor what you read, hear, and see, try to limit your access to contraception, attempt to legislate good moral values, and try to brainwash your kids about abstinence?

These are the kinds of questions Dr. Marty Klein asks—and answers—in his new book, America's War on Sex. With hundreds of examples ripped from today's headlines, he names names, challenges political hypocrisy, and shows the financial connections between government and conservative religious groups that are systematically taking away your rights. Dr. Klein isn't shy about it. He demands to know—as you should demand to know—answers to difficult questions, such as: If 50 million Americans consume pornography, why does the government dare to regulate it without consulting any consumers? Why do Congressmen listen to victims of porn but not healthy adults who use porn? Now that abstinence-only sex education has been proven a failure, why does the government still give it $200 million each year? And how can most of that money go to faith-based groups who tell your kids how God feels about their sexual choices? Why do hundreds of American communities feel they have the right to eliminate legal adult entertainment, claiming we're not that kind of city? Why do family courts have the right to judge the private sexual habits of each parent when making custody decisions? How can licensed pharmacists and physicians claim they have the right to deny you legal medical care if it violates their conscience?

Our glorious Constitution guarantees us the widest range of rights civilization has ever seen. Why are those rights systematically undermined and revoked when it comes to sexual expression?

Is there a conspiracy to deny us our sexual rights? No, says Marty Klein: It's worse than a conspiracy. It's a war. They're very open about it—it's a War on Sex.

It's a war that threatens the very fabric of our secular democracy. The American Taliban, our own sexual jihadists, want to replace our government with laws based on the Bible, creating a country in which normal sex is narrowly defined and no one has the right to alternative sexual information, health care, or personal expression.

America is fighting a war on terror to prevent the overthrow of our way of life by fanatics who want to base all law on their strict religious beliefs. It is completely unacceptable that a group of conservative Americans is trying to accomplish the same thing right here.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Klein's careful work torpedoing the erotophobic war against sex had to be done, and he did it well."

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Journal of Sex Research

"The book is a great resource for anyone trying to come to grips with society's turmoil over sexuality as well as for anyone interested in understanding their own sexuality in a social and political context. If knowledge is power, readers will feel quite empowered after reading Klein's book."

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www.curledup.com

"Although Klein does not provide an easy fix to the vexing problems posed by erotophobes, crusaders, the Christian-American Taliban, or religious terrorists, terms not guaranteed to assuage the opposition, he does offer sufficient examples of the war on our fundamental liberties to energize even the most laid-back of his readers. This book will infuriate people on both ends of the political spectrum, if for different reasons. That is a rare accomplishment, and one that deserves to be experienced. If America's War on Sex helps to begin to redress the balance between individual freedom of expression and the society's responsibility to protect the well-being of its citizenry, it will have made a major contribution to life in this land of the free."

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PsycCRITIQUES

"Adding to his already impressive roster of works on human sexuality, renowned author, sex educator, and therapist Marty Klein has surpassed all previous efforts with this incisive exploration of the sexual battleground that our country has become."

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The Gay & Lesbian Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313363207
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/30/2008
  • Series: Sex, Love, and Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,465,866
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

1 You're the target : why a war on sex? 1
2 Battleground : sex education - where children come second 5
3 The most powerful "minority" in the United States 25
4 Battleground : reproductive rights 29
5 The sexual disaster industry 47
6 Battleground : broadcast "indecency" 51
7 Yes, they really said that 73
8 Battleground : adult entertainment - feverish dreams, real estate nightmares 79
9 How they do it : ammunition in the war on sex 95
10 Battleground : the Internet 103
11 America does not guarantee your right to be comfortable : the lowest common erotic denominator project 121
12 Battleground : the war on "pornography" 123
13 Extreme religion and public policy 143
14 Battleground : sexual privacy and sexual minorities - civil rights or immoral privileges? 155
15 Revolutionizing American government - bad news for democracy 173
App Declaration for Human Rights Day - how about sex? 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    Should be Required Reading for Citizenship

    America's War on Sex??? If you're not in the trenches, you might be thinking 'come on...' But Dr. Marty Klein makes a compelling argument: one that clearly outlines how the fundamental rights and freedoms we all cherish --- the ones so deeply ingrained that we don't even think about them --- are under attack. Drawing back the curtain on an anti-sexual revolution that has been in the works for more than a generation, Dr. Klein issues a wakeup call to all Americans who give a damn about their liberties. The battle lines have been drawn, and it's not just the think tanks and advocacy groups that have stakes in this war. The sexuality of everyone is at risk, making America's War on Sex a must read for all citizens. Bill Taverner, M.A. Co-Founding Editor, American Journal of Sexuality Education

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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