Sexual Morality

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Alexandra Kollontai and Red Love: Against The Current vol. 81
Ebert, Teresa L.
Article
1999
What is “Red Love”—and more specifically, what is a socialist, or more complexly, a communist theory of love and sexuality?
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
Hedges, Chris
Book
2006
Hedges examines the Christian Right's origins, its driving motivation and its dark ideological underpinnings, with interviews and coverage of events such as pro-life rallies and weeklong classes on co...
The Bisexual Identity: Changing Perspectives on Sexuality: Contributions of Kinsey and Anthropologists
Paul, Jay
Article
Cross-cultural comparisons highlight not only the differences in how sexuality is perceived, but the power of such constructs on sexual behavior.
Communism and the Family (Part One): The Marxist Approach to Women's Liberation
Article
2015
Replacing the family with collective institutions is the most radical aspect of the communist program and will bring about the deepest, most sweeping changes in daily life, not least for children.
Communism and the Family (Part Two): The Marxist Approach to Women's Liberation
Article
2015
The family is the primary institution through which bourgeois ideology in its various forms is transmitted from one generation to the next.
Connexions Library: Sexuality Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on sexuality.
The "Date Rape" Issue: Feminist Hysteria, Anti-Sex Witchhunt
Article
1993
The anti-sex frenzy springs from the agenda of the religious right. Espousing an ideology supposed to have something to do with women’s rights, the feminists might be expected to oppose this witchhunt...
Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights
Strossen, Nadine
Book
1995
Traditional explanations of why pornography must be defended from would-be censors have concentrated on censorship's adverse impacts on free speech and sexual autonomy. In contrast, Nadine Strossen fo...
The Ethical Slut: A guide to infinite sexual possibilities
Easton, Dossie; Liszt, Catherine A.
Book
1997
A guide for anyone who dreams of having all the sex and love and friendship they want. Explores the skills and issues of a life beyond tradiational lifetime monogamy, from scheduling dates to handling...
Flaunting It!
Jackson, Ed; Perksy, Stan (eds.)
Book
1982
An anthology of articles spanning the first decade of the Canadian gay liberation periodical, The Body Politic.
Group Marriage: A Study of Contemporary Multilateral Marriage
Constantine, Larry L. and Joan
Book
1973
A study of more than 100 group marriages in the United States, exploring the psychology and sociology of this form of marital relationship. The study looks at how group marriages are established, who ...
Group marriage: Connexipedia Article
Article
Is a form of polyamory in which more than one man and more than one woman form a family unit.
Loving More
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
A newsletter published by PEP (Polyfidelitious Educational Productions), a group marriage journal and network. Previous title was PEPTALK; name was changed to Loving More starting with the Spring 1991...
The Mass Psychology of Fascism
Reich, Wilhelm
Book
1933
Wilhelm Reich's class study, written during the years of the German crisis. Reich repudiates the concept that fascism is the ideology or action of a single individual or nationality, or any ethnic or ...
Obscenity exposed
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1978
The police definition of 'obscenity' gets right to the crux of the question.
The Party of Eros: Radical Social Thought and the Realm of Freedom
King, Richard
Book
1972
King looks at radical theorists -- Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Paul Goodman, Herbert Marcuse, and Norman O. Brown -- who have attempted to deal with the intersections of eros and power.
Paul Goodman: Writing on the Web
Website
Writings of the social critic Paul Goodman.
Pornography and the Sex Censors: A review of 'Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights,' by Nadine Strossen
Crossen, Cathy
Article
1996
The pornography debacle has driven deep wedges among feminists, and has weakened the women's movement by alienating many women who cannot relate to a perceived ethos of anti-sexuality, gender antagoni...
Radical Digressions 2
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1981
The Railroading of Tonya Craft: A New Wave of Prosecutorial Hysteria
Anderson, William L.
Article
2010
As we have seen countless times before, the media always is ready to run over the cliff with the prosecutors, and no matter how many times the prosecution is discredited, there always is another repor...
The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities
Kinsman, Gary
Book
1987
A survey of the history of sexuality in Canada.
Revelations: Essays on Striptease and Sexuality
Dragu, Margaret, and Harrison, A.S.A.
Book
1988
A sympathetic look at a much-maligned art form.
Samois
Rubin, Gayle
Article
2004
A history of Samois, the first public organization devoted to lesbian sadomasochism and a key player in the early phases of the feminist "sex wars".
Satan, the State and Anti-Sex Hysteria: Unholy Alliance of Feminists and Christian Right
Article
1996
A lengthy review of two books about the anti-sex witchhunts in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s.
The Secret Museum: Pornography in Modern Culture
Kendrick, Walter
Book
1988
Kendrick looks at the idea of pornography since the word was coined a century and a half ago, concentrating less on the books and pictures that have instigated battles over "pornography" than on what ...
Sex and Consent on Campus: "Yes Means Yes" Law: Anti-Woman, Anti-Sex
Article
2014
Amid an ongoing debate over sex and consent on college campuses, in September California passed "affirmative consent" legislation, which was followed by a slew of similar initiatives nationwide. The p...
Sex and Ethics
Goodman, Paul
Article
1963
In America, as it is at present, most behavior -- and this is not only in sexual matters -- has nothing to do with what one is or would normally desire or naturally desire, but what is pected of one o...
Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America: Nineteenth-Century America
Muncy, Raymond Lee
Book
1973
A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing wi...
Sex Scandals America: Politics and the Ritual of Public Shaming
Rosen, David
Book
2009
A comprehensive history of sexual scandals in America from colonial times, including Pocahontas and the Puritans, to today which exposes the scandals of national political figures and celebrities and ...
Sex-Pol: Essays 1929-1934
Reich, Wilhelm; (Baxandall, Lee, ed.)
Book
1934
Wilhelm Reich's writings from his Marxist period, outlining his thoughts about sexual and political liberation.
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
Social and Sexual Revolution: Essays on Marx and Reich
Ollman, Bertell
Book
1979
A collection of essays by Bertell Ollman. Ollman tackles issues such as Karl Marx's concepts of class, class consciousness, and communism; he argues for the absorption of Wilhelm Reich's insights abou...
Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America: Original title: History of American Socialisms
Noyes, John Humphrey
Book
1870
Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
Think the Left Won the Culture War? Think Again
deBoer, Fredrik
Article
2015
With the recent AshleyMadison leak and Gawker.com's notorious naming and shaming of an obscure, married publishing executive, deBoer questions who really won in this culture war.
US-UN Crusade Against 'Sex Trafficking': Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Woman, Anti-Sex
Article
2004
Kidnapping, debt bondage, sexual assault, beatings - for any purpose - are horrible crimes. But there is a qualitative distinction between this kind of coercion and the fundamentally consensual act be...
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Goodman, Paul
Book
1951
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
Whatever Happened to the Sexual Revolution?
Holz, Maxine
Article
1986
What would a future anthropologist make of the bizarre and seemingly contradictory assortment of information on sexuality available today?
Yes Means No?
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1992
The anti-sex moralists say one thing but mean another.

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Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a na...

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Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a national organization and resour...
Museum of Sex
When the Museum of Sex first emerged on New York City's Fifth Avenue on October 5, 2002, it was without precedent in the museum world. With its inaugural award-winning exhibition, NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America, ...

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David Bowie, rock star groupies and the sexually adventurous '70s: "Labeling us as victims in retrospect is not a very conscious thing to do"
Timberg, Scott
2016
Salon speaks to sexologist Carol Queen about the shifts in morality around an era of sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll.
The Rebel Girl: The New Sex Police
Sameh, Catherine
1998
IN AN INTERVIEW for the “Hungry Mind Press Newsletter” (Issue Number 3, Summer 1998), Leslie Brody, author of Red Star Sister: Between Madness and Utopia (Hungry Mind Press, l998), a memoir of her sti...
Sex in History
Tannahill, Reay
1980
Tannahill draws on the findings of anthropology, archaeology, bio-chemistry, genetics, physiology, and psychoanalysis, as well as art, architecture, literature, and theology, in order to place the hum...

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Loving More
New Models for Relationships
Website
Organization and resource for people who who wish to move beyond traditional monogamy.
Polyamory
Website
Polyamory Society
Website
Promotes and supports the interest of individuals of multipartner relationships and families.
SexSources.ca
Website
Sexuality resources: articles, websites, books.