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America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty (Sex, Love, and Psychology) Hardcover – August 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0275987855 ISBN-10: 027598785X Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Sex, Love, and Psychology
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (August 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027598785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275987855
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


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


Journal of Sex Research

"The book is a great resource for anyone trying to come to grips with society's turmoil over sexuality as well as for anyone interested in understanding their own sexuality in a social and political context. If knowledge is power, readers will feel quite empowered after reading Klein's book."


"Although Klein does not provide an easy fix to the vexing problems posed by erotophobes, crusaders, the Christian-American Taliban, or religious terrorists, terms not guaranteed to assuage the opposition, he does offer sufficient examples of the war on our fundamental liberties to energize even the most laid-back of his readers. This book will infuriate people on both ends of the political spectrum, if for different reasons. That is a rare accomplishment, and one that deserves to be experienced. If America's War on Sex helps to begin to redress the balance between individual freedom of expression and the society's responsibility to protect the well-being of its citizenry, it will have made a major contribution to life in this land of the free."



"Adding to his already impressive roster of works on human sexuality, renowned author, sex educator, and therapist Marty Klein has surpassed all previous efforts with this incisive exploration of the sexual battleground that our country has become."


The Gay & Lesbian Review


"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)

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Excellent book that provides a well researched argument to support the author's claims.
What I like most about Dr. Klein and his new book, America's War on Sex, is that he's not afraid to battle the bullies and bigots who have hijacked our country.
Winston Wilde
We, all Americans, are under attack by those who want to robe us of our sexual rights, freedoms and education!
Stephen L. Braveman, L.M.F.T., D.S.T.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 4, 2006
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.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David R. Krueger on June 12, 2008
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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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kernes on December 11, 2006
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Quite simply, there isn't a single page in America's War On Sex that doesn't yield some brilliant insight about the suppression of sex and sexual information by conservative and religious leaders in America -- but more than that: Dr. Klein asks the questions about that suppression that the average person would be too afraid to ask, or wouldn't think to ask -- and he gets the answers to those questions correct! "The goal of this war is to control sexual expression, colonize sexual imagination, and restrict sexual choices," Klein says, and then goes on to give examples of how this suppression is visible in every corner of American society, from sex (non-) education in the schools, to communities restricting the locations of adult stores that many of them patronize, to attempts to sanitize the Internet. Klein presents his case in such an engaging manner that the text flow almost demands that the reader continue to the end in one sitting. We are unlikely to see an examination of this subject that is this thorough and this insightful in our lifetimes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William J. Taverner on December 11, 2006
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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
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