The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex

The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492647423
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,264,731
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ross Benes is a reporter at Digiday who previously worked for Esquire and Deadspin, where he wrote about sex, sports, statistics, and pop culture. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Adweek, Quartz, Mental Floss, Business Insider, Salon, and Slate. A native of Brainard, Nebraska, he splits time between his home state and New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Politics 1

Chapter 1 What's Love Got to Do with It? How Political Leaders Conditioned Westerners to Accept Monogamy as the Default 3

Chapter 2 All the Presidents' Women: Breaking Down the Predictable Phenomena of Politician Sex Scandals 22

Chapter 3 Tragedy of the Condoms: Why Western Biomedical Approaches Have Failed to Stop AIDS Epidemics in Africa 42

Chapter 4 Soldier Sex: How the U.S. Military Inadvertently Helped Form Our Concept of Gay Identity 84

Part II Economics 107

Chapter 5 There Goes the Gayborhood: An Investigation into the Economic Prowess of LGBT Districts 109

Chapter 6 The Power of Porn: A Look at How Erotica Shapes Our Technology and Everyday Lives 133

Chapter 7 Invisible Handjobs: Examining the Hidden Relationships between Governments, Markets, and Birthrates 158

Part III Religion and Culture 183

Chapter 8 Sex, Drugs, and Corn Flakes: The Influence of Accidental Inventions on Sex and Commerce 185

Chapter 9 The Clerical Closet: How the Catholic Church Incentivizes the Priesthood for Devout Gay Men 207

Chapter 10 Sex Cells and Religious Pluralism: Examining the Inter faith Dependence of Muslim Women Seeking Reproductive Assistance 246

The wombs of Middle Eastern Muslim women demonstrate the necessity of religious pluralism.

Afterword 257

Notes 261

Index 308

Acknowledgments 315

About the Author 318

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