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From the Publisher"Abortion, AIDS, non marital sex, homosexuality, pornography, contraception, sexual rights, and the rest have posed persistent threats and challenges across the world for some time. ‘Sex’ stands as a major political and moral symbol that marks boundaries and shapes change in cultures.Here an outstanding group of social scientists give a firm focus to the culture wars and moral panics that split cultures and speak to persistent and deep divides round the world. The essays in this timely volume provide critical insights to the battle lines that must be overcome for a new world to flourish."
-Ken Plummer,author of Intimate Citizenship: Private Decisions and Public Dialogues
"The authors here provide thorough accounts of contemporary social and sexual issues that dominate social consciousness, media and politics . . . the book offers a modern synopsis of how sex and sexuality continue to be embedded in political, educational and social debates."-Lindsay Sprague,Social Anthropology
"Nowadays panic seems to be everywhere—from homeland security to economic crisis—yet sexual topics seem to prompt the most extreme episodes of fear, loathing, indignation, and overreaction. How do sex panics unfold? How can defenders of sexual rights respond effectively? In this state-of-the-art volume, noted scholars of sexuality take a big step forward in addressing these questions while zooming in on crucial topics such as reproductive rights, sex education, AIDS, same-sex marriage, and the politics of race and empire."
-Steven Epstein,author of Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge
“Smart analysis and crucial advice in a timely academic call to arms.”
-Between the Lines
"This is a very important book. If you want to understand the state of sexuality politics in this country—and have a hope of reversing moral panics and public lies—you need to read this book!"
-Pepper Schwartz,author of Prime: Adventures and Advice about Sex, Love and the Sensual Years