Solving America's Sexual Crisis / Edition 1

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Noted sexologist cites honesty, equality, and responsibility as key to solving to our nation's sexual dilemma.

Rape, teen pregnancy, child sexual abuse, and AIDS still plague us despite new tech-
nology and increased sexual awareness. Religious leaders blame the media for our sexual problems, while others remain ignorant or in denial. Sociologist Ira L. Reiss contends that only real solutions will result in a new generation of sexual problem solvers. In Solving America's Sexual Crises, he argues that we can reduce alarming rates of sexually transmitted disease, sexual violence and abuse, and unwanted pregnancy through responsible dialogue and cooperative action.

Reiss's direct, lucid, and challenging analyses of these problems, demonstrates that our current sexual malaise emerged from Victorian attitudes, religious intolerance, ignorance, and misconceptions about sexuality. Solving America's Sexual Crises is a pluralistic approach, touching on everything from safe-sex to sex therapy. Only by altering our outmoded, dog-matic notions about sexuality can we begin to manage and eventually solve current and future sexual problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573921725
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira L. Reiss, Ph.D. (Minneapolis, MN) is a retired professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, and former president of the International Academy of Sex Research. He is the author of An End to Shame: Shaping Our Next Sexual Revolution, and a contributor to "How I Got Into Sex".
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 13
1 America's Rendezvous with Sexual Reality 15
2 Alice in Wonderland: Sexual Upbringing in America 37
3 Teenage Sex: A Time for Acceptance 61
4 The Stalled Sexual Revolutions of This Century 85
5 AIDS, Condoms, and the Epidemic of Sexual Myths 107
6 Clarifying Our Fantasies about Pornography 133
7 Rape: The Ultimate Inequality 155
8 Sex Therapy: Conforming to a Troubled Society 173
9 The Role of Religion in Our Sexual Crises 197
10 Shaping Today's Sexual Revolution 221
Endnotes 239
Name Index 273
Subject Index 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    Reiss Contradicts Own Tenets

    Ira Reiss wishes to promote sexual pluralism in America thru his three tenets of honesty, equality, and responsibility. However, his thesis is riddled with flaws and unsupported by data. Reiss suggests that all sexual intercourse that observes his three tenets, regardless of age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or even the presence of love is acceptable and good. He seems to believe that teen sex should be encouraged, that condoms are a panacea for the transmission of STD's (he, of course, ignores STD's that are not preventable by condom usage such as HPV), and that 19th Century religion is the source of many of our sexual problems. Reiss' definition of responsibility is absurd and never addresses issues such as contraceptive failure or the realities of the poor. If you are looking for a book that will offend you, this is it!

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