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The contrasting primary source article excerpts on up-to-date issues in these new volumes will help students form their own opinions and gather information for research papers and debates. Violence Against Women looks at whether it is a serious problem in the US, what causes it, whether current approaches to reducing it are effective, and the extent of violence against women worldwide. Capital Punishment considers whether capital punishment is ethical, whether it is administered fairly, and whether it is an effective deterrent to crime. Homosexuality considers the origins of homosexuality, whether people with alternative lifestyles face discrimination, if society should encourage increased acceptance of homosexuality, and if government should sanction gay and lesbian relationships. Online Social Networking asks whether parents should limit teens' use of social networking websites, whether Congress should require schools and libraries to block networking sites, who is using online social networking (including sexual predators, bullies, Christians, and others), and how online social networking is changing society. Developing Nations looks at the problems facing developing nations and how globalization might help them, asks if democracy can succeed in developing nations, and ponders how industrialized nations should aid the developing world. Espionage and Intelligence debates whether the US espionage and intelligence-gathering system has been successful, whether post-9/11 reforms of the US intelligence system will be effective, whether intelligence-gathering activities threaten civil or human rights, and what can be done to improve USintelligence-gathering abilities. Sex Offenders and Public Policy examines whether sex offender policy is based on accurate assumptions, whether treatment is effective, controversies, and how policies can be improved. The authors of the books in the Current Controversies series range from policy makers to attorneys, professors, and journalists, and each is briefly described at the start of the articles. An introduction and chapter prefaces help explain the issues, and there is an annotated list of organizations to contact at the end. The timely topics will help draw students to these useful resources. Age Range: Ages 15 to adult. REVIEWER: Paula Rohrlick (Vol. 42, No. 1)
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Gr 10 Up-This well-researched, unbiased anthology includes a variety of provocative articles and essays that are sure to invite criticism, discussion, and debate. The selections are organized into four long chapters, including "Should Society Encourage Increased Acceptance of Homosexuality?" and "Is Homosexuality Immoral?" The contents, index, and bibliography are clear, helpful, and easy to follow, and there is a lengthy, annotated list of "Organizations to Contact" for additional information. A few cartoons are included. A noteworthy achievement for serious students.-Robert Gray, East Central Regional Library, Cambridge, MN Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737742152
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/7/2008
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Pages: 242
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     11
Introduction     14
What Are the Origins of Homosexuality?
Chapter Preface     19
Sexuality May Be Biological   Stefan Lovgren     22
Batman: Comics Do Not Make Young Boys Gay   Paul Varnell     26
There Is No Evidence that Homosexuality Is Genetic$dNational Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality     30
Male Homosexuality Is a Result of Evolution and Social Factors   Pieter R. Adriaens   Andreas De Block     39
Homosexuality Has Evolutionary Benefits to Individuals and Society   Joan Roughgarden     48
Gay Sexual Identity Can Change with Religious Conversion   Tanya Erzen     57
People Do Not Choose Their Sexual Orientation   John Corvino     64
Do People with Alternative Lifestyles Face Serious Discrimination?
Chapter Preface     69
Yes: People with Alternative Lifestyles Face Serious Discrimination
Homosexuals Treat Bisexuals with Disdain   Joy Morgenstern     72
Radical Islam Is More of a Threat to Gays than Christian Fundamentalism   Christopher Lisotta     77
Homophobia Stems from Unquestioned Religious Faith   Peter S. Cahn     84
No: People with Alternative Lifestyles Do Not Face SeriousDiscrimination
Homosexual Youths Are Proof that Gay Activism Has Succeeded   Ritch C. Savin-Williams     91
Big Business Is Gay Friendly   Marc Gunther     100
Should Society Encourage Increased Acceptance of Homosexuality?
Chapter Preface     108
Yes: Society Should Encourage Increased Acceptance of Homosexuality
Gay Professional Athletes Should Not Have to Fear Being Outed   L. Jon Wertheim     111
The American Episcopal Church Rightfully Ordains Homosexual Clergy   Barry Jay Seltser     115
A Queer-Inclusive Curriculum Should Be Taught in English Classes   Mollie V. Blackburn   J.F. Buckley     124
No: Society Should Not Encourage Increased Acceptance of Homosexuality
The American Public Does Not Favor Gay Marriage   Paul R. Brewer   Clyde Wilcox     132
The Vatican Must Get Tough on Gay Ordinations into the Priesthood   Rod Dreher     141
Public School Children Should Not Be Indoctrinated with Queer Theory   Marjorie King     150
Should Government Sanction
Chapter Preface     161
Yes: Government Should Sanction Gay and Lesbian Relationships
Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Use Fear to Block Equality Under the Law   Evan Wolfson     164
Allowing Gay Marriage Is Not Like Sanctioning Polygamy   William Saletan     173
The Government Should Sanction Gay Marriage, Not Domestic Partnerships   Jonathan Rauch     177
No: Government Should Not Sanction Gay and Lesbian Relationships
Not All Queers Want to Marry   Laurel Dykstra     187
The Slippery Slope to Polygamy and Group Marriage   Stanley Kurtz     193
A Federal Constitutional Amendment Is Needed to Stop Gay Marriage   Robert H. Bork     202
Organizations to Contact     212
Bibliography     218
Index     225
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