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Modern Sex: Liberation and Its Discontents

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The 1960s sexual revolution made a big promise: if we just let go of our inhibitions, we'll be happy and fulfilled. Yet sexual liberation has made us no happier and, if anything, less fulfilled. Why? These remarkable essays, drawn from the pages of the celebrated quarterly City Journal by its editor Myron Magnet, tackle the question head-on. As Modern Sex's authors show in moving and often eloquent detail, sex today is increasingly mechanical and without commitment—a department of plumbing, hygiene, or athletics ...
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Overview

The 1960s sexual revolution made a big promise: if we just let go of our inhibitions, we'll be happy and fulfilled. Yet sexual liberation has made us no happier and, if anything, less fulfilled. Why? These remarkable essays, drawn from the pages of the celebrated quarterly City Journal by its editor Myron Magnet, tackle the question head-on. As Modern Sex's authors show in moving and often eloquent detail, sex today is increasingly mechanical and without commitment—a department of plumbing, hygiene, or athletics rather than a private sphere for the creation of human meaning. The result: legions of unhappy adults and confused teenagers deprived of their innocence, on their way not to maturity but to disillusionment. As the reports in Modern Sex tell us, the beginning of wisdom lies often in realizing that what we are doing is not working, so that instead of doing more of the same we should be doing less. These beautifully written essays—on subjects ranging from the TV show Sex and the City to teen sex to the eclipse of the manly ideal to the benefits of marriage—add up to the deepest, most informative appraisal we have of how and why the sexual revolution has failed and how we might begin to reconstruct the relations between the sexes in ways that reconcile freedom with humanity.
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Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Reviews
Fascinating...controversial, to say the least, and quite captivating.
The Wall Street Journal - Meghan Cox Gurdon
Brilliant.
Kevin White
A compelling and original collection of essays...it deserves the widest possible audience.
Foreword Reviews
Fascinating...controversial, to say the least, and quite captivating.
Wall Street Journal
Brilliant.
ForeWord Magazine
Fascinating...controversial, to say the least, and quite captivating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566633840
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 11/15/2001
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Myron Magnet is editor of City Journal, the highly respected quarterly magazine published in New York by The Manhattan Institute. He has also written The Dream and the Nightmare and edited What Makes Charity Work? and The Millennial City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
How We Mate 15
The "L" Word: Love as Taboo 27
Sex, Sadness, and the City 43
All Sex, All the Time 57
Sex ED's Dead End 77
Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen 97
What's Wrong with the Kids 117
The Teen Mommy Track 130
Feminists and their Enemies 149
Modern Manhood 166
Bring Back Stigma 181
Becoming a Family 196
A Note on the Contributors 211
Index 213
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