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America's War on Sex: The Continuing Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty (Sex, Love, and Psychology) by [Klein, Marty]
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"Marty takes apart American sex panics with surgical precision, and delivers a sex-positive blueprint of what sane public health policy would look like."-Susie Bright, Author

"Exactly what America needs, at exactly the right time, and [written] with a talent that is absolutely extraordinary."-Barnaby B. Barratt, President, American Association of Sexuality Educators

"Marty Klein shows exactly how abstinence-only sex education programs are hurting American kids. This great new book is a must read for everyone who cares about healthy sexuality."-Sue Johanson, Host of "Talk Sex with Sue Johanson"

"Klein's careful work torpedoing the erotophobic war against sex had to be done, and he did it well." - Journal of Sex Research

"Klein's careful work torpedoing the erotophobic war against sex had to be done, and he did it well." - Journal of Sex Research

About the Author

Marty Klein, PhD, has been a certified sex therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist for over 30 years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 2 edition (13 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MBQN2S
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This book is magnificent in content and information about how the Christians are trying to make a come back into the world after we all know that the bible and their values are a lie. This book can be compared in relevance to the warning of George Orwell's 1984 in making even thinking about sex a sex crime. We all need to read this book before it's too late.

It's Erotophobes versus Erotophiles, Christians versus Free Thinkers, Haters versus Lovers, and for the people that love life its time to wake up, because at the moment we are losing this battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Impassioned Plea for More Pluralism and More Fun 4 Sept. 2006
By Rob Hardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
C. S. Lewis had his own restrictive views of what Christianity had to say about morality, but he objected to those Christians who thought that the chief sphere governed by morality was sexuality, and he objected to the prejudice that anything having to do with sex was automatically wrong. "I know some muddle-headed Christians have talked as if Christianity thought that sex, or the body, or pleasure, were bad in themselves," he wrote in _Mere Christianity_. He could not have predicted that in the richest and most powerful country in the world, members of that camp should have become so influential, and are condemning anything but a narrow range of sexual activity within marriage. This sexual tyranny is the subject of _America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty_ (Praeger) by Marty Klein. The author is a marital and sex therapist, and anyone who knows his fine blog _Sexual Intelligence_ will be familiar with his themes in this book, but the ideas here are forceful, broad, and referenced, with various battlefields summarized. Though Klein's writing is often amused and upbeat, much of what he has to report is dismal, a slope sliding into sexual ignorance and intolerance. Religious conservatives may be rejoicing, but as sexual pluralism is rejected in favor of a single morality and reduction of anxiety, we risk what we value most about democracy.

Klein frames the battle between "erotophiles" who value or tolerate sexuality and "erotophobes" who are made anxious by it. In America, the erotophobes not only are gaining political and social power, they are able to portray themselves as victims, captives who cannot get away from sexual imposition, and they feel that it is the responsibility of government to help them out. The religious call for American laws to regulate bedroom activity (and, Klein shows, even between married people), entertainment, information access, or medical treatment is little different from the law imposed by the Taliban elsewhere. Among the assumptions of puritans are that people cannot explore sexuality safely, that kids are damaged when they are exposed to sexual words or pictures, that sexual predation is on the rise, or that being scared about sexuality will produce good behavior. There are no studies to show that these core beliefs are true; rather, they are based on emotion and anxiety, not rationality. Even if scientific studies showed, for instance, that emergency contraception promoted promiscuity, Klein writes, "It wouldn't matter if they did, because this government and its religious allies don't trust science. They don't trust sex, and they don't trust you." Other countries are different. The teens of Europe or Canada are about as sexually active as those in America, but they have grown up in nations which think that young people have a right to factual sexual information; as a result, they have much fewer teen pregnancies, abortions, or sexually transmitted diseases. American advocates of Abstinence Only (which rarely allows even for discussion of non-coital sex or masturbation) always say that refraining from sex is the only way, for instance, to be 100% sure of avoiding sexual diseases or pregnancy, but they never admit that abstinence is not abstinence. 88% of teens pledging abstinence go ahead and have premarital sex anyway. Pills, condoms, and any other contraceptive plan have better success rates than that. Much has been made of the "pornography" forced on an unwilling public in the case of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction", but of course, that's not really pornography; real video pornography is popular and fun because it consists of "consenting, enthusiastic people doing things they enjoy." That's not scary enough; count on erotophobes to exaggerate the prevalence of unrepresentative violent or child pornography as a way to get all pornography banned.

Klein isn't optimistic: "Those who war on sex mistrust my vision of individual autonomy, sexual integrity, faith in pluralism, and tolerance of differences." Theocracy or totalitarianism promise less sexual anxiety, but at a cost. There are millions who insist that sexual activity is so anxiety-provoking that government must regulate it and thereby make others conform to a single vision of morality and decency. Right now they have the power, but they are costing the nation in tolerance, in pluralism, and (though they would not like to admit that it is important) in sexual fun.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but highly polarized. 12 Jun. 2008
By David R. Krueger - Published on Amazon.com
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The factual basis of this book paints a detailed landscape of America's irrational persecution of and delusional obsession with all activities sex-related. If you're a like thinker, it will simply confirm your own beliefs, but if you're conservative, be prepared to have all the world's evils laid at your feet. This is the first time I've even heard the phrase "conservative feminist". You have only to look at Congressional (and state legislative) voting records to see that the war on sex is by no means a strictly conservative crusade (although the bulk of it is certainly initiated by them). I've read books on the topic by other authors, including Nadine Strossen, that are much more credible simply because they do not demonize the conservative right while excluding the liberal contribution to the war on sex. Nonetheless, while rather one-dimensional, it is also an excellent presentation of just how stunningly pervasive the problem really is.

Finally, nowhere in the 230 pages is there any mention of prostitution laws. Indeed prostitution, call girls, massage parlors don't even show up in the index. If laws banning the sale of sex toys deserve prominent coverage, one would think that laws against prostitution would at least earn an honorable mention. Unless one subscribes to the concept that the war on prostitutes is acceptable, that is.

I don't know the reason prostitution is left out, but it shouldn't have been. Surely, if the phrase, "your body, your choice" means anything, it gives you the right to use your god-given body as an asset to put a roof over your head and food on your table no different from a laborer, doctor, or sports star. But, beyond that, laws against prostitution sadistically deny one of humanity's most pleasurable and intimate communions to a class of people who are only likely to experience it through the services of a prostitute. That would include many handicapped people, those who have been maimed by war or accidents, those with serious birth defects, the home bound, the bed-ridden, and the just plain ugly (such as myself). If that doesn't deserve mention as part of America's War on Sex, then nothing does.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional - a MUST READ 11 Dec. 2006
By William J. Taverner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
America's War on Sex??? If you're not in the trenches, you might be thinking "come on..." But Dr. Marty Klein makes a compelling argument: one that clearly outlines how the fundamental rights and freedoms we all cherish --- the ones so deeply ingrained that we don't even think about them --- are under attack. Drawing back the curtain on an anti-sexual revolution that has been in the works for more than a generation, Dr. Klein issues a wakeup call to all Americans who give a damn about their liberties.

The battle lines have been drawn, and it's not just the think tanks and advocacy groups that have stakes in this war. The sexuality of everyone is at risk, making America's War on Sex a must read for all citizens.

Bill Taverner, M.A.

Co-Founding Editor, American Journal of Sexuality Education
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely eyeopening 7 Oct. 2012
By Keith - Published on Amazon.com
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This book clearly documents how the Religious Right (and a few other groups) are trying to turn the United States into religious dictatorship. Anything that offends them must be banned regardless of its legality or their ability to "turn it off".

This book should be required reading for every district attorney in the country (and their staffs), as well as any person that writes or votes on any law or ordinance that deals with any private activity, sexual or otherwise.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexual freedom 4 May 2013
By Jean Herzog - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't quite sure what I would be getting when I bought this book, but once I started reading it I was glad I had. It looks at the many ways that government, religion and individuals are waging a war on the basic rights of adults to engage in sexual activities with other adults. The book then explains that this is then made to be a threat to our children. Never in this book is kiddie porn stated to be acceptable.
It explains vey well how the war on sex is hurting our children by refusing to accept the fact that they are sexual active, not giving them access to birth control and denying them a good sex-education program. At times even taking them from loving, caring parents because their parents engaged in sex acts someone did not approve of.
I was not aware of the extremes that some people are going to in forcing their own personal beliefs on others in an area that is not of their business.
The pain and the damage that is done in the name of the war on sex is massive and continuing to get worse, people need to know what is happening so they can work to stop it.
This book is an eye opener!
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