Sexual Rights in America: The Ninth Amendment and the Pursuit of Happiness / Edition 1

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The Constitution of the United States guarantees all Americans certain rights, such as the freedoms of speech and religious expression. But what guarantees our sexual freedoms?

Sexual Rights in America presents a bold and intriguing look at the constitutional basis of sexual rights in America. Resurrecting the "forgotten" Ninth Amendment, which guarantees those fundamental rights not protected elsewhere in the Constitution, Abramson and colleagues argue that the freedom to choose how, when, and with whom we express ourselves sexually is integral to our happiness. Their careful review of the historical record reveals the importance of the "pursuit of happiness" in the socio-moral philosophy underpinning the Constitution. Sexual freedoms, they assert, are cut from the same cloth as the other freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, and therefore, should be covered by the Ninth Amendment.

Using concrete examples such as prostitution and phone sex, Sexual Rights in America illustrates the scope and limitations of Ninth Amendment sexual rights.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Because sex is so intimate and hidden, few serious scholars defend sexual liberty publicly. Sexual Rights in America bravely fills this void by offering a lucid and serious constitutional defense of this vital aspect of our private lives."

-Randy E. Barnett,Professor of Law, Boston University and author of The Structure of Liberty and Restoring the Lost Constitution

"Interesting and well-written. This book presents the 'Long View': an ideal toward which concerned lawyers and judges might strive."

-Kenneth Karst,Professor of Law, UCLA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814706923
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Abramson is Professor of Psychology at UCLA.

Steven D. Pinkerton is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Professor Abramson and Dr. Pinkerton have collaborated on several books, including With Pleasure: Thoughts on the Natures of Human Sexuality

Mark Huppin received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and is currently pursuing his Ph.D in psychology at UCLA.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Historical Overview
1 Germania: Origins and Progress to World War I
2 Retreat: The German Problem and Its Painful Resolution
3 Boom and Bust
4 Good Times, Hard Times in the Postwar Era

Part 2: Product, Distribution, and Expense Management
5 Product Development: The Actuarial Problem and Individual Insurance
6 Product Development: Group, Benefits, and Reinsurance
7 Spreading the Word
8 Selling Insurance
9 Administration: Process and People
10 Managing Administrative Expenses: Regionalization and Automation
11 Burdens of Corporate Citizenship: Regulation and Taxes

Part 3: Investments
12 Investing the Premiums: Asset Management to the Mid-Twentieth Century
13 Flexibility and Quality: George Conklin’s Legacy

Part 4: Mutuality and Performance
14 Swimming against the Tide

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