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Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics

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The Religious Right has fractured, the pundits tell us, and its power is waning. Is it true – have evangelical Christians lost their political clout? When the subject is sex, the answer is definitively no.Only three decades after the legalization of abortion, the broad gains of the feminist movement, and the emergence of the gay rights movement, Americans appear to be doin ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Basic Books (first published June 30th 2008)
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Sex in Crisis is the story of the relationship between right wing evangelical Christians and sex in America. And a strange relationship it is. Evangelicals have been very successful in gaining a lot of political clout. The result? Our federal government has spent a billion dollars preaching abstinence to teens. Never mind that this works about as well as King Canute trying to hold back the waves, they keep insisting that only abstinence should be taught in sex education classes. They also want t ...more
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from the dust jacket: DH is prof of History at the Graduate Center of the CUNY. Author of Intimacy and Exclusion, and Sex after Fascism, as well as numerous scholarly articles.

Uneven in emotional tone, this is a slightly hysterical account of the rise of the religious right in matters of sexual ideas during the 80's and 90's when the religious right was experiencing a rather golden period of influencing American thought in many ways not least in social policy and governance.

It a
A very thorough (but short, and therefore a quick and easy read) about how the religious right has hijacked the conversation about sex in the United States, and thus, figured out how to wield an incredibly effective political tool (no pun intended). Well worth checking out. And not that I didn't already know this, but this book really confirmed that the religious right truly are lunatics and their motives have nothing to do with promoting christianity and love.
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By Dagmar Herzog
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There is a new sexual revolution in the United States, one initiated and perpetuated by none other than the religious right. An evangelical sexual revolution? Surely that’s a contradiction in terms. Yet historian Dagmar Herzog exposes precisely how the religious right has co-opted popular discourse on Viagra, Internet porn, female orgasm, adultery, HI
Dev Scott Flores
I study religion because I believe it can be a powerful force FOR change and social justice ... then I read book likes this and wonder why I bother. So many elements of Herzog's argument are things which I had a level of awareness regarding, but had simply failed to follow through logically. How was I to anticipate something as seemingly innocuous as the rise of "waiting-until-marriage" sex movements could be instrumental in such worldwide detrimental policy mismanagement (in this instance, with ...more
In this book, Herzog outlines the influence the Religious Right has had upon the dialogue about sexuality in the US. Some of the issues will, no doubt, already be familiar with readers--such as the battles over sex ed , prejudice against gays and lesbians, and the culture wars over "traditional marriage." Other topics will no doubt surprise readers--such as conservatives' efforts to deny access to condoms as an AIDS preventative in Africa.

Some sections of the book tend to drag, and aside from th
Jerry Smith
OK take on, I think, the affect the conservative right has had on this area at home and overseas. Most of it was fairly well documented but I learned a lot about the impact on the AIDS epidemic which I hadn't relly considered before.

Written in a matter of fact way that left me strangely unengaged. No real humor that sometimes lightens the topic but no real passion for the cause either.
This is a book about sex in politics, especially as the right-wing has used it successfully. Sometimes I felt the analysis needed more evidence, but mostly good.
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