Adult: Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World
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Title: Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World
Author: Jennifer Roback Morse
Publisher: Spence Publishing Company
Date Published: July 2005
"SMART SEX is more than timely; it is vital."
Fear is at the heart of the sexual revolution—fear of other people, fear of
relationships, fear of permanence—and its most fitting monument is the
"hook-up." In a provocative new book, Jennifer Roback Morse exposes the sexual
revolution’s fraudulent promise of freedom and points the way to the most thrilling
human adventure of all: life-long love.
Morse explains why marriage is in crisis and why we should care. Strong, lasti
ng marriages, she argues, 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.
By the end of the twentieth century, most people had joined the once-radical
sexual revolutionaries in embracing a pair of badly flawed ideas—that freedom
means being unencumbered by relationships, and that sex is a purely private
activity with no moral or social significance. Morse shows how these ideas
reduced sex to a commodity--"consumer sex"--and left millions of people miserable.
Morse fearlessly explodes some of modern society’s most cherished, and
destructive, myths. She argues that reproductive freedom is an illusion,
recreational sex isn’t really fun, and sex is neither morally neutral nor essentially
private. She offers a radically different yet compelling view of sex, based on
the law of self-giving inscribed in our human nature.
A practical book by a practical woman, SMART SEX is about why and how to stay
married. While most books on relationships deal with feelings and
communication, SMART SEX is focused on the nature and meaning of sex and marriage,
leading the reader to an appreciation of the demanding yet rewarding commitments
About the Author
Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., brings a unique perspective to the subjects of
love, marriage, sexuality, and the family. A committed career woman before
having children, she taught economics for fifteen years at Yale and George Mason
University. She and her husband adopted a two-year-old Romanian boy in 1991,
the same year she gave birth to her daughter. Dr. Morse left full-time
university teaching in 1996 to move with her family to California. She is now
associated with the Hoover Institution as a research fellow. In addition to caring for
their own two children, Dr. Morse and her husband are foster parents for San
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