Sex and the constitution book

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sex and the constitution book

Sex and the Constitution

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‘So to Speak’ Podcast: ‘Sex and the Constitution’ with professor Geoffrey R. Stone [audio]

SEX AND THE CONSTITUTION: A Conversation at The Book Stall

We are in the midst of a constitutional revolution. It is a revolution that has tested the most fundamental values of the American people and has shaken constitutional law to its roots. It has bitterly divided citizens, politicians and judges. It is a battle that has dominated politics, inflamed religious passions, and challenged Americans to rethink and re-examine their positions on issues they once thought settled. It is a story that has never before been told in its full sweep. And, best of all, it is about sex.

Geoffrey R. Stone View Bio Hardcover: W. Renowned constitutional scholar Geoffrey R. Stone crafts a remarkable, even thrilling narrative in which he shows how agitators, moralists, legislators, and especially the justices of the Supreme Court have historically navigated issues as explosive and divisive as abortion, homosexuality, pornography, and contraception. Overturning a raft of contemporary shibboleths, Stone reveals that at the time the Constitution was adopted there were no laws against obscenity and no laws against abortion before the midpoint of pregnancy. Edgar Hoover, Phyllis Schlafly, and Justice Anthony Kennedy—enlivens this landmark work, which dramatically reveals how our laws about sex, religion, and morality reflect the paradoxes and cultural schisms that have cleaved our nation from its founding.

Ironically, it was published as the U. Senate considered the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge, to the Supreme Court to fill the vacated seat formerly held by Antonia Scalia. Stone is the Edward H. He is a noted First Amendment scholar and is author of a half-dozen learned works on the law and American life. Stone offers a useful introductory pre-history of Western legal theory concerning sex, religious belief, and lawmaking from the days of the Israelites and Greeks to modern England.

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Stone Illustrated. Liveright Publishing. Everybody knows that the easiest way to boost the sales of a book is to put a particular familiar word in its title. Stone is a professor and former dean at the University of Chicago, and his title is a bit of a tease. The first half is a mad dash through history, starting with the Greeks and ending with Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Stonewall uprising and Anita Bryant. This history proceeds in a seesaw manner, with periods of prudery in reaction to periods of license followed by more prudery, followed by license. But since Stone has made it clear that he thinks the general direction life has taken is toward more freedom, he generally approves of the way things have gone.

Bollinger, president, Columbia University. This is a well written and thorough examination of the evolution of laws in the United States regarding obscenity, abortion, and same sex. The author is knowledgeable and provides understandable Constitutional scholar Stone Perilous Times explores how the United States has regulated human sexuality from the colonial period to the present day. Beginning with a brief discussion of attitudes


  1. Ulfrido B. says:

    There has never been a book like Sex and the Constitution, a one-volume history that chapter after chapter overturns popular shibboleths, while dramatically.

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