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Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World [Hardcover]

by Jennifer Roback Morse
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July 1, 2005 1890626589 978-1890626587 1

Fear is at the heart of the sexual revolution, and its most fitting monument is the "hook-up." Dr. Morse exposes the sexual revolution’s fraudulent promise of freedom and fearlessly explodes some of modern society’s most cherished—and destructive—myths. She argues that strong, lasting marriages are essential for the survival of a free society, not to mention basic human happiness. She fires the opening shots of a new sexual revolution and shows how everyone, married or single, can help.

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"SMART SEX is more than timely; it is vital." -- Chuck Colson

About the Author

Jennifer Roback Morse is a renowned marriage and family scholar. She is the author of Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village and of numerous major academic and public-policy articles for journals ranging from the Journal of Economic History to Forbes, Fortune, and the Wall Street Journal.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Ruth Institute Books; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890626589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890626587
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Marriage Matters August 7, 2005
Dr. Morse speaks for a growing chorus of women my age who were duped by the false promises of feminism. We were sold the completely unsustainable notion that contraceptive sex....that is, recreational sex, is the ultimate sign of power and control over our lives. In fact, the opposite is true. Recreational sex has left a trail of tears, abortions, STDs, broken homes and children without in tact families. Perhaps, worst of all, recreational sex has left us with hardened hearts, incapable of hearing the good news about a truly humane version of sexuality......a quite revolutionary and seldom seen phenomenon today......monogamous, married sex!

Dr. Morse has sharpened our cultural lens by revealing the truth about recreational sex. First, she explains that today's notion of sexual freedom has required an inhumane definition of freedom. Today's false notion of freedom, according to Morse, is being COMPLETELY unencumbered by relationships. To sustain such a tortured understanding of freedom, women have bought into the "Sex in the City" version of freedom, or as Dr. Morse coins it, "consumer sex." Trading boyfriends, girlfriends, marriages, children from multiple fathers, fathers acting as merely "sperm donors," all the while pretending that this is normal, healthy behavior, has left us in a permanent state of adolescence and chaos.

The truth is that every human being is created for relationships because every human being is created for love. But love is not a sentimental momentary feeling of gratification, nor is it a domestic arrangement agreed to by consenting adults and it is most certainly not found in the promises of career success, financial security and autonomy.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally an "Authentic" Self-Help Book! September 1, 2005
As with all self-help books, Dr. Morse offers a promise to help us "Find Life-Long Love in a Hook-up World." But, unlike most self-help books with "sex" in the title, Dr.Morse offers no suggestions on how to choose the perfect lover, or how to improve our lovemaking techniques. Instead of reassuring us that we too can find the perfect mate, or have the perfect marriage, she reminds us that none of us are perfect in an imperfect world. And, those who seek such perfection in a mate are doomed. While she offers some practical suggestions on how to deal with feelings and communication, and she begins the book with the promise that Smart Sex "is about how and why to stay married," the real focus of Smart Sex is much deeper. Early in her book, Dr. Morse advises us that "the self help books aren't going to be enough because they deal with the superficial symptoms of much deeper problems." Instead of techniques, Morse focuses on the nature and meaning of sex and marriage. Instead of easy answers, Morse explodes some of modern society's most cherished and destructive myths about the "joys of recreational sex."Of course, this has not stopped from suggesting on these very pages that customers interested in this title would be interested in a link that promises to help readers "Hook up with more women through" Dr. Morse would probably be amused by this because it really proves the point she has made throughout her wonderful book--that the idea of sexual freedom has reduced sex to a commodity-and has left people more empty than before.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time! September 29, 2005
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I purchased this book for my grandaughter who is a graduate student with a major in psychology. I consider it one of the most valuable tools for her future career in clinical psychology. It is an accurate presentation of life as it is for women today. I have been in the work place most of my life; while retired now, I have seen the changes in the sex patterns of both women and men over the years. I don't like what I see. Jennifer Roback Morse, a bright and gifted professional woman has lived it and has written about it. Great job!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SMART TOPIC FOR A MESSED UP WORLD July 24, 2005
Jennifer does an excellent job of highlighting a topic that needs to be discussed. With our media portraying casual sex as the norm and the nuclear family as being a relic of the past, it should not be surprising that our divorce rate is very high and too few children are being raised by both parents. Her message needs to be heard by this generation of young people. In this country, we desperately need to change the way we view relationships, families and raising children. Jennifer has provided a vaulable service that will hopefully lead to positive change in this critical area.

Jeff Crouere

Host, Ringside Politics
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing and disarming January 29, 2006
Don't worry that this book about sex by an economist will be boring. Quite the opposite! This easy-to-understand treatise by Dr. Morse, a free-market economist and former professor at Yale and George Mason universities, is both rational and passionate. She uses enough good logic and hard data to be convincing without overwhelming and enough personal experience to be disarming. "Smart Sex" examines the idea that sex is nothing more than a private act between consenting adults with no moral or social significance. It explains how ideas about sex have consequences for individuals and society, in particular our society's erroneous idea that freedom means being unencumbered by relationships.

The sections about how male and female hormones knit couples together are most interesting. Dr. Morse shows how these hormones can blind a cohabiting couple's judgment about their compatibility, just as these same hormones may make it difficult for a battered woman to leave her abuser and enable those in arranged marriages to fall in love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
I'm not sure how this got ordered under my name but I have never seen the book .... must have a talk with my wife.
Published 8 months ago by T Genders
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, Passionate, Highly Original, Sometimes Overly...
Mother, wife, and renowned Libertarian economic scholar Jennifer Roback Morse's second book takes on the weighty and interrelated issues of marriage, the sexual revolution, and the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Steven Svoboda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Great book. Everything men and women need to know about male and female physiology. A must read for Teens to avoid our destructive culture and older men and women wondering why... Read more
Published on March 9, 2011 by Mike Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Real wisdom in this book!
Rarely have I found such insight and wisdom in such an easy read! Amazingly well researched as well.

Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World
Published on December 22, 2010 by John D. Reimers
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical discussion that looks at the painful results of casual...
The authors delves into the conclusions of the thinking, results and regrets of people who have accepted current practices of casual sexual relationships. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Loretta M. Pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Sex is a Smart Buy
As a Christian Apologist who is a single male, I take my interest in sex seriously and think of it from a theological perspective and see how our society has twisted it. Read more
Published on July 13, 2008 by ApologiaPhoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars A very rational explanation for saving sex for a lifelong marriage
Smart Sex is a book that makes the thinking woman's case for treating sex as something important enough to save for marriage, as well as giving lots of clear and rational reasons... Read more
Published on February 27, 2008 by Veronica Singh
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexual Values
SMART SEX is the second book I have read authored by Jennifer Roback Morse. Although I found her first book a fine effort, her second book is more clearly written and her central... Read more
Published on June 1, 2006 by S. M Marson
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical & Scientific Advice
Dr. Morse brings practical and scientific advice that explains the problems with the "sexual freedom" that has been pushed on us by Hollywood and the media. Read more
Published on April 23, 2006 by JOHN J. OREILLY
1.0 out of 5 stars Smart Sex? I don't think so!
This has got to be one of the worst self-help books I have ever seen. The author starts with the warning "Please remove your political hat beofre reading. Read more
Published on February 26, 2006 by Arnold V. Loveridge
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