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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.
|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|
Posted December 22, 1999
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.