Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century #2020

Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century By Geoffrey R. Stone Sex and the Constitution Sex Religion and Law from America s Origins to the Twenty First Century Beginning his volume in the ancient and medieval worlds Geoffrey R Stone demonstrates how the Founding Fathers deeply influenced by their philosophical forebears saw traditional Christianity as an
  • Title: Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century
  • Author: Geoffrey R. Stone
  • ISBN: 9780871404695
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century By Geoffrey R. Stone Beginning his volume in the ancient and medieval worlds, Geoffrey R Stone demonstrates how the Founding Fathers, deeply influenced by their philosophical forebears, saw traditional Christianity as an impediment to the pursuit of happiness and to the quest for human progress Acutely aware of the need to separate politics from the divisive forces of religion, the FoundingBeginning his volume in the ancient and medieval worlds, Geoffrey R Stone demonstrates how the Founding Fathers, deeply influenced by their philosophical forebears, saw traditional Christianity as an impediment to the pursuit of happiness and to the quest for human progress Acutely aware of the need to separate politics from the divisive forces of religion, the Founding Fathers crafted a constitution that expressed the fundamental values of the Enlightenment.Although the Second Great Awakening later came to define America through the lens of evangelical Christianity, nineteenth century Americans continued to view sex as a matter of private concern, so much so that sexual expression and information about contraception circulated freely, abortions before quickening remained legal, and prosecutions for sodomy were almost nonexistent.The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries reversed such tolerance, however, as charismatic spiritual leaders and barnstorming politicians rejected the values of our nation s founders Spurred on by Anthony Comstock, America s most feared enforcer of morality, new laws were enacted banning pornography, contraception, and abortion, with Comstock proposing that the word unclean be branded on the foreheads of homosexuals Women increasingly lost control of their bodies, and birth control advocates, like Margaret Sanger, were imprisoned for advocating their beliefs In this new world, abortions were for the first time relegated to dank and dangerous back rooms.The twentieth century gradually saw the emergence of bitter divisions over issues of sexual morality and sexual freedom Fiercely determined organizations and individuals on both the right and the left wrestled in the domains of politics, religion, public opinion, and the courts to win over the soul of the nation With its stirring portrayals of Supreme Court justices, Sex and the Constitution reads like a dramatic gazette of the critical cases they decided, ranging from Griswold v Connecticut contraception , to Roe v Wade abortion , to Obergefell v Hodges gay marriage , with Stone providing vivid historical context to the decisions that have come to define who we are as a nation.Now, though, after the 2016 presidential election, we seem to have taken a huge step backward, with the progress of the last half century suddenly imperiled No one can predict the extent to which constitutional decisions safeguarding our personal freedoms might soon be eroded, but Sex and the Constitution is vital now than ever before.
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      Geoffrey Stone is Edward H Levi Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago Law School.Geoffrey Stone has been a member of the law faculty since 1973 From 1987 to 1993, Mr Stone served as Dean of the Law School, and from 1993 to 2002 he served as Provost of the University of Chicago Mr Stone received his undergraduate degree in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree in 1971 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review Mr Stone served as a law clerk to Judge J Skelly Wright of the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice William J Brennan Jr of the Supreme Court of the United States Mr Stone was admitted to the New York Bar in 1972.Mr Stone teaches and writes primarily in the area of constitutional law His most recent books are Top Secret When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark 2007 and War and Liberty An American Dilemma 2007 Mr Stone s Perilous Times Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism 2004 received numerous national awards, including the Robert F Kennedy Book Award for 2005, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for 2004 as the best book in the field of history, the American Political Science Association s Kammerer Award for 2005 for the best book in Political Science, the Hefner Award for the best book on the First Amendment, and Harvard University s 2005 Goldsmith Award for the best book in the field of Public Affairs.Mr Stone is currently chief editor of a fifteen volume series, Inalienable Rights, which is being published by the Oxford University Press between 2006 and 2012 The authors in the series include, among others, Richard Posner, Richard Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, Larry Lessig, Martha Nussbaum, Jack Rakove, Pamela Karlan, Lee Bollinger, and Larry Tribe.Mr Stone is working on a new book, Sexing the Constitution, which will explore the historical evolution in western culture of the intersection of sex, religion, and law His past works include Eternally Vigilant Free Speech in the Modern Era 2001 , The Bill of Rights in the Modern State 1992 with Mr Epstein and Mr Sunstein , Constitutional Law 6th ed 2009 with Mr Sunstein , and The First Amendment 3d ed 2008 with Mr Sunstein Mr Stone also serves as an editor of the Supreme Court Review with Mr Hutchinson and Mr Strauss , and he writes frequently for huffingtonpost and for such publications as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal.Among his many public activities, Mr Stone is a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society, a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Straight for Equality Project of PFLAG, and a member of the Board of the Chicago Children s Choir.

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    1. I was watching a local news and arts program on PBS when Geoff Stone appeared as a guest He discussed his new book, SEX AND THE CONSTITUTION He explained that, at the time our constitution was adopted, there were no laws in the states against pornography, contraception, abortion before quickening and that the laws prohibiting sodomy had not been enforced against consenting adults in over 100 years When it came to sex, our laws were permissive at the time the constitution was written and adopted [...]

    2. Review forthcoming in Publishers Weekly This is an excellent survey of American law and public attitudes toward the regulation of three aspects of human sexuality sexual speech obscenity , abortion and contraception, and homosexual acts and identities It races through about 100 pages of prequel narrative, discussing attitudes toward sexuality in the ancient world and European legal and Christian traditions The majority of the text focuses on the period from the Second Great Awakening to the pres [...]

    3. This is really a 4.5 star review Based on being than 500 pages of text this is clearly a deep dive into the subject matter If you are looking for a basic overview of the themes and concepts, read the 5 page epilogue It focuses on the First and Fourteenth amendments as they relate to speech and private conduct respectively Deeply researched, this book tracks history from Greek and Roman times to 2017 just before Neil Gorsuch s nomination to the court Although long it s not hard to read at least [...]

    4. People s sexual conduct was generally outside the purview of government and court authority until religious reformers or meddlers during the Second Great Awakening began extending their reach into private matters In the post Civil War era, state intrusion gained momentum with the Comstock Laws, fashioned by ill intended fanatic Anthony Comstock Like or not, the Supreme Court would inherit much of the controversy right to the present Very detailed, but readable though it occasionally strays into [...]

    5. This book offers excellent factual background and analysis of the trajectory of constitutional law in the areas of obscenity , same sex marriage gay rights and abortion It is highly recommended for anyone interested in these topics The book is both scholarly and written in an entertaining manner, two things that often do not go hand in hand.

    6. Based on the title of this book, I wasn t initially sure what to expect, but quickly determined that it wasn t written as an appeal to one s prurient interests Instead , the book s primary focus is reviewing how many of our laws dealing with individual interests of a private nature, especially items dealing with access to birth control, abortion, gay rights, etc came to be There s been a significant shift in how society views and judges on these issues over the years, and Sex and the Constitutio [...]

    7. Having taught such Constitutional Law topics as contraception, abortion, homosexual status relationships, and gay marriage, I found this book irresistible Stone s approach to the topic is to start with a bunch of history what sexual behaviors and rules were in the formative days of western culture He starts with the Greeks and Romans, and then works his way up through early Christianity, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and then the initial settling of the US by the early Puritans, Pilgrims oth [...]

    8. This is one you want to buy for your library An excellent resource, I wish it was the first volume in a series There is so much to unpack regarding the constitution, sex, how it is defined and legislated, this is a wealth of information at your fingertips well worth having for any social justice worker, lawyer, historian, writer, or lover of American Culture The book intertwines the history of how the laws were made tracing back from ancient times to now along with the Western Civilization cultu [...]

    9. This is quite a good read considering how dry much of the subject matter could be in the wrong hands The central reason to read this is found right at the beginning, though Much is now known about the early history of the U.S and the framers of the constitution The book makes a compelling argument that the early settlers were not the prudish Puritanical people we are often taught about in school Their thoughts on sex, erotic materials, and even sodomy were much lax.It was only later, after the [...]

    10. Very good history of the social and cultural context in which the Constitution was written and how American ideas on issues like abortion, homosexuality, contraception, and sex have changed over time Seems like we used to be reasonable and got less so over time Toward the end, there is too much discussion of each individual justice on the court and his or her leanings on each case which is a personal pet peeve of mine on all supreme court writing and not enough analysis of the general trends Al [...]

    11. Sex and the Constitution Sex, Religion, and Law from America s Origins to the Twenty First Century Hardcover by Geoffrey R Stone Contents The ancient world the triumph of Augustine The power of revealed truth England, the enlightenment, and the age of eros From puritanism to the pursuit of happiness The world of the framers a Christian nation The fundamental maxims of free government The second great awakening Tending to corrupt the public morals Contraception and abortion from the founding to t [...]

    12. This book is massively overambitious and could easily have split this into two or three books The introduction is critical to understanding thesis, structure, and avoiding land mines There are essentially three sections to the book the first on the history of sexuality from ancient times, the second on sexuality and law in America before about 1950, and a third on contemporary issues of sexuality abortion, gay rights, pornography in the Supreme Court Stone is at his best where he discusses Supre [...]

    13. This isn t a statement I declare for every book I read this book should be read and owned by every American in the United States today Almost every theme and message it imparts is one every American should have etched and bronzed into their brains.Sex and the Constitution is an excellent and wide spanning history detailing the the views and sex lives of Americans in colonial and post 1776 times It is split into two halves a chronological history, and a lineage of court cases that endowed us with [...]

    14. As one reviewer said The rarest of combinations, a page turner that is also a magisterial font of wisdom I couldn t put it any better Breathtaking in scope weighing in at 704 pages and persuasively argued on every page This tracks the origins and legal history of today s most divisive social issues, from the Greeks and Romans straight through to Obergefell Most interesting was the beautiful analysis of the Founding Father s and their thoughts on these issues and where they landed on the role of [...]

    15. An enormous lot of content, much of which was new to me Interesting to learn that most of the prohibitions of obscenity , contraceptives, abortion, non marital sex, etc only date from the post Civil War era, and were brought about by a combination of Protestant fundamentalism and the increasing political power of the Church of Rome The author clearly favors the widening of individual freedom in all these areas, but does an excellent, straightforward discussion of all the important cases over the [...]

    16. It s interesting to understand the dynamic that is America Too often we look at our founding documents with reverie and respect only to see how those words that enshrine our rights as citizens dehumanize us each day as we strive to improve this democracy Worth picking up a copy, or downloading an audio version, to understand how this country has become recognized as a Christian nation trying to unwind the tentacles of religion from its public space.

    17. Informative and entertainingComprehensive narrative about the dialectic between religious and secular legal cultures in America Does not, however, address the fundamental question as to why so many religious groups are obsessed with controlling everyone s sex lives Or why so many other religious people have a tolerant attitude.

    18. Very well done with plenty of historic perspective I ve never considered It touches the hot button issues of abortion and gay rights The writing is really smooth and explains the legal history well without forgetting the human story behind the regulation I did find this a very liberal interpretation of the issues, and definitely has a beef with Scalia and other uber conservative justices.

    19. Don t let the size of this book discourage you It is extremely well written you will remain engrossed from start to finish The author does not disguise his liberal politics but the information provided is of the utmost importance.

    20. Only partially read this book basically just Part II Founders which explained their spiritual religious background culture What documents did they draw on when writing the Constitution, etc Very interesting, easy to read Would be easy to pick up and learn .

    21. Geoffrey Stone recounts Western s civilizations evolving views on sex and shows how the West has regulated or criminalized different aspects of sex covering topics such as abortion, sexual preference, obscenity, contraception, and other topics He starts with the Greeks and works his way through today The book is well researched and covers a lot of material Although it took me a lot longer to get through the opening sections on the Greeks, the Middle Ages, etc in hindsight, he provided a reasonab [...]

    22. Excellent book Very enjoyable read that was detailed enough to really understand the points, but did not get bogged down in unnecessary details Thoroughly enjoyable and informative with great arguments fairly presented from start to finish One of the best books I ve read

    23. A fascinating overview of constitutional law in the United States as it relates to sex and religion Takes a while to read, but this book is engagingly written I m going to buy a copy to have for reference.

    24. Our personal lives are built on our personal relationships This title reminds us that our courts do affect our lives in our most intimate moments.

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