America's Sexual Transformation: How the Sexual Revolution's Legacy Is Shaping Our Society, Our Youth, and Our Future

America's Sexual Transformation: How the Sexual Revolution's Legacy Is Shaping Our Society, Our Youth, and Our Future

America's Sexual Transformation: How the Sexual Revolution's Legacy Is Shaping Our Society, Our Youth, and Our Future

America's Sexual Transformation: How the Sexual Revolution's Legacy Is Shaping Our Society, Our Youth, and Our Future

Synopsis

Is an increase in sexual activity during adolescence a normal part of the transition to adulthood, or evidence of a societal problem? Why would conservative religious youth become sexually active earlier than their peers and be more likely to have an unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease? How are women continuing to lead our society's sexual transformation?

Written by an author whose 40-year career in sexology and university administration provides a uniquely qualified perspective upon both sex research and the changing sexual perceptions of American youth, this comprehensive book is must-read for both parents and policy makers. America's Sexual Transformation traces the philosophical, cultural, and scientific developments responsible for the beginning and end of America's sexual revolution that have now spawned a more substantive sexual transformation. It examines traditional theories and attitudes regarding sex, and demonstrates how the findings of sex research provide entirely new paradigms that should replace outmoded and harmful theories. This groundbreaking book also explains who we are as sexual individuals and how we got to be that way.

Excerpt

I have been using Gary Kelly’s textbook, Sexuality Today, in my classes about the psychology of intimacy at Columbia University Teachers College for many years. I had been impressed with how presentable and readable his text was, making the topic of sexuality particularly vital to a young generation of professionals. It is also of interest that the text has been recently published in Chinese—given that I have done trainings in China about sexuality for decades, I know how valuable it will be to be accessible to that country where sexuality is a burgeoning field.

I also knew that Kelly is a veteran in the field of sexuality who had a most unique front row seat in the development of the field, with perspectives that have not been told in the context of his more academic work.

Given all that, I was particularly thrilled when I approached Gary to write a book integrating his academic perspective with more personal views and opinions.

This resulting book delivers. America’s Sexual Transformation: How the Sexual Revolution’s Legacy Is Shaping Our Society, Our Youth, and Our Future is a fascinating tour through the lens of a sexuality expert who combines his roles as an academic, award-wining teacher (for many years), and editor (of two important journals in the field), who has a decades-long experience in the field of sexuality and also had first hand experience working with the grand names (and actually grand dames, as he tells us in one of his chapters) in sexuality—a claim not all can make. These include heroic and groundbreaking founders of organizations still thriving as crucial in the field today, like Mary . . .

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