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Sex wars, scholarly and otherwise

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Fun: Feministing finds the most baffling abstinence poster yet.

Not so much fun:  The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals tries to put the opposition to gay marriage on a scholarly, non-bigoted, non-religious basis. Co-editors Robert George of Princeton and Jean Bethke Elshtain of the University of Chicago present eleven papers delivered at a Princeton conference in December 2004.

Admiring reviewer Glenn Stanton writes in Christianity Today:

"We are moving from this natural, universal model to a greater embrace of what I call 'disembodied procreation' in same-sex unions, where sperm and egg meet only in a Petri dish and foreplay is a legal contract.  [In one article] Brad Wilcox, a sociologist at the University of Virginia, considers family changes during the past 40 years. The pill and legalized abortion, says Wilcox, have dramatically separated sex, procreation, and the larger family unit. Each now stands on its own. Undermining the need for marriage and family, these medical 'advances' have disproportionately hurt the poor."

The people making these arguments--whether they use sectarian language or not--are, technically, not bigots.  They're not just out to stigmatize gay people. They want to see a world without contraception, so that the version of marriage they grew up with can be forever frozen in amber. 


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