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Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love In A Hook-up World [Hardcover]

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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.05"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 30, 2005
Publisher   Spence Publishing Company
ISBN  1890626589  
EAN  9781890626587  

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Fear is at the heart of the sexual revolution-fear of other people, fear of relationship, 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, lasting 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 they require.

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Jennifer Roback Morseis a renowned marriage and family scholar. She is the author of "Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village "and of numerous major academic and public-policy articles for journals ranging from the "Journal of Economic History "to "Forbes," "Fortune," and the "Wall Street Journal.""

Jennifer Roback Morse currently resides in San Diego. Jennifer Roback Morse was born in 1953.

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Smart Sex is a Smart Buy  Jul 14, 2008
As a Christian Apologist who is a single male, I take my interest in sex often and think of it from a theological perspective and see how our society has twisted it. When people ask me what books come to mind on the topic, I have two. I think of Lauren Winner's "Real Sex" and I think of Jennifer Roback Morse's "Smart Sex."

Morse's book is quite different from Winner as Winner writes more from a biblical perspective. Morse shares the worldview, but she writes from a perspective for the outsider. Thus, this book is far more helpful for those who don't share a biblical worldview.

Morse brings her economic mindset to the table and she does this though without quoting constant statistics over and over. She looks at the actions themselves and explains why these actions don't work and what they result in. For those who think this is a fundy writing, she admits also that she writes from experience as one who has tried these and found they don't fulfill.

Morse's work is gripping and has a unique gift many books and sermons on sex don't have. They often give only the negatives. Morse gives the negatives but in doing so, she shows the positives in what ought to be and leaves one with a desire of what that should be like so a guy like me who's single can read that and say "Yes. That's the way I want my marriage to be someday."

The format is also non-technical. This is an easy read that anyone can understand and hard-hitting. (It can definitely cause a stir also if you read this book in the break room at work. One great benefit of books like this is people will want to know what you're reading if they know that sex is involved in any way.)

Morse's reasons hit on all grounds. She covers the experiential side, the pragmatic side, and the moral side. In the end, she does reveal her theological perspective, but I don't think any reader would say that theism was being shoved down their throat.

In a day and age where we are constantly being told that we need to re-define our views on sexuality, Morse is right on. The Christian worldview on sex has stood the test of time and it is the view of sex that needs to be upheld.

Buy this book. You won't be disappointed and in the words of one of my favorite TV characters, Adrian Monk, "You'll thank me later."
A very rational explanation for saving sex for a lifelong marriage  Feb 27, 2008
Smart Sex is a book that makes the thinking woman's case for treating sex as something important enough to save for marriage, as well as giving lots of clear and rational reasons against cohabitation and for making marriage last. The author is an economist and as such, she often uses economics, or the language of economics, to make her points with rationality.

Aside from the rational arguments, however, the author also shares parts of her own story. There is a lot of personal experience behind her words - she has done most of the very things that she has now realized lead to poor outcomes. At one point she admits: "I committed just about every sexual sin in the book: adultery, fornication, cohabitation, group sex, same-sex sex. I had an abortion; I was married and divorced." This book is clearly the outcome of a lot of personal anguish that forced the author to rethink her own life and to change her ways and her views.

Definitely worth the read, especially by those who are struggling for ways to explain these things to others, or by those who are wondering what ethics and rules about sexuality and marriage should govern their own lives.
Sexual Values  Jun 1, 2006
SMART SEX is the second book I have read authored by Jennifer Roback Morse. Although I found her first book a fine effort, her second book is more clearly written and her central thesis is more practical and more effectively articulated. I read an excerpt from SMART SEX in class to my students. My efforts paid off, students had a clearer understanding of a complex theory.

I have two critical issues regarding the text that I feel will be useful to any potential reader. First, is the title [SMART SEX]. I wish it was entitled something else. I felt a bit embarrassed reading the book in an airplane or waiting for my daughter in my car. Initially, the title suggests that the book is a sex manual that offers 101 positions in order to increase satisfaction within a person's intimate life. Rest assured, SMART SEX is not a sex manual -- anything but. It is a snappy excursion into how Christian values relate to the sexual expression. Roback Morse doesn't preach, but rather she lays out Christian [particularly Catholic] values in a logical manner that reads rather sectarian. Many people who read this book will be placed in a position to assess their own sexuality from a value base. Such an outcome is not what one would expect from the title. Thus, I suspect that giving the book such a racy title was not an accident. It was meant to jockey readers into a position of self reflection. If my hypothesis is correct, the author and publisher did an excellent job in achieving their goal.

Second, I found chapter one a bit alarming and thought that the author made a fundamental change within her value-base expressed in her first book. Some years ago, I read a paper entitled, "When is enough, enough?" The paper took the position that some people are such poor parents, they groom children to become destructive psychopaths. Later, the author takes the position that our legal institutions need to reconsider forced tubaligation and abortions. Roback Morse, of course, doesn't take this position. I find it intellectually stimulating that a single set of empirical facts can be the foundation for both the pro-life and pro-choice positions. At any rate, the first chapter was an epiphany.

One day, I took this book with me to read while my daughter was in choir practice. A couple of church ladies approached me and wanted to know what I was reading (I was hiding the cover so no one could see the title). When they saw the title, I had to go into great detail about the content of the book. Although I felt a bit awkward in summarizing Roback Morses' book, the two women were mesmerized by my comments. Both agreed that there must be a linkage between Christian values and the sexual experience. When they parted, I suspect they logged on to this site to purchase the book. I think the book will be the central focus of an upcoming meeting of the church's book club.

Practical & Scientific Advice  Apr 24, 2006
Dr. Morse brings practical and scientific advice that explains the problems with the "sexual freedom" that has been pushed on us by Hollywood and the media. Sexual satisfaction only comes with love between a man and a woman. I have a 12 year old daughter, and a wonderful wife, and this book's wisdom will be very beneficial to me. Thank you Dr. Morse!
Smart Sex? I don't think so!  Feb 27, 2006
This has got to be one of the worst self-help books I have ever seen. The author starts with the warning "Please remove your political hat beofre reading. This book will self-destruct in the hands of politicians and policy wonks." Clearly, the author intends to be non-political, right? WRONG!

Of course, I should have been smart enough to know that a book endorsed by Chuck Colson (Founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries) would be anything but apolitical, or anything but a piece of propaganda for the religious right. But I thought maybe Ms. Morse could get beyond that. On the contrary she used the religious right's platform as her beginning arguments and tried to make them fit the complex world of sexual relationships. In the process she develops some rather strange and dangerous concepts.

For example, in a section describing the horrors of cohabitation, she describes how oxytocin is pumped into a woman's bloodstream when she is in labor, breastfeeding, or having an orgasm. She also says that oxytocin is known to decrease a person's cognitive ability and impair memory. Then she concludes that "This combination of factors may also explain why domestic violence is so much more prevalent among cohabiting couples than among married couples." What? How does a marriage license decrease oxytocin unless the age old joke about marriage decreasing the frequency of sex is correct.

Without understanding Maslow's heirarchy of human needs, Ms. Morse pokes fun at statements by Gloria Feldt of Planned Parenthood saying reproductive self-determination is a fundamental freedom. Ms. Morse claims that sex was meant to have consequences of pregnancy and to remove that consequence is both irrational and wrong. Clearly, the progress that we have made since distributing information about contraceptives was illegal should all be turned around. Ms. Morse liked things just fine when people were required to accept the consequences of unintended pregnancy. And the higher the risk, the better. The fact that women almost always bear the greater burden is lost on our sexist Ms. Morse, who thinks that must be the natural order of things.

She even re-defines date-rape so she can blame the victims who are "talked into" having sex. If it were real rape it wouldn't need to be called "date rape" she claims, thus eliminating in her mind any seriousness to the problem. In fact she says, "If sex were really no big deal, just another activity, then being talked into unwanted sexual activity shouldn't be any bigger deal than being talked into going to a ball game when you would have preferred a movie." If a man had compared date rape to being persuaded to attend a ball game, he would never hear the end of it. Ms. Morse should be called on this as well.

Don't bother to buy the book. Check it out of the library if you must but this sort of pseudo self-help shouldn't be encouraged.

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