In the past two weeks I have noticed there has been a great deal of press on issues regarding human sexuality. For instance there was an article in The New York Times on the exploding rates of sexually transmitted diseases. The article indicated that at any given time, there are an estimated million sexually transmitted infections in the United States.
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Sex and Culture is a book by J. Unwin concerning the correlation between a country's cultural achievement and its sexual restraint. Published inthe book concluded with the theory that as societies develop, they become more sexually liberaldiminishing the Social entropy of the society, along with its "creative" and "expansive" energy, or capabilities to produce culture and gain power.
BW EditorFebruary 22, Unwin conducted a massive study of six major civilizations and eighty lesser societies covering five thousand years of history in order to understand how sexual behavior affects the rise and fall of social groups. It is natural to suppose that under the domination of a civilized morality [one that restricts sex] the health and efficient in life of [sic] the individuals may be impaired, and that ultimately this injury to the individual, caused by the sacrifices imposed upon him, may reach such a pitch that the civilized aim and end will itself be indirectly endangered.
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Sexual permissiveness would cause societies to decline unless and until their sexual mores became more rigid. In other words, once a society loosened its sexual mores and abandoned monogamy, it began to degenerate and would eventually dissipate away. In the beginning each society had the same ideas in regard to sexual regulations.
Joseph Daniel J. Unwin was a British ethnologist and social anthropologist at Oxford and Cambridge whose definitive work was the research he did with 80 primitive tribes and six known civilizations over a long period of time. The results of this research are penned in his book, Sex and Culture.
If we make a god of sexuality, that god will fail in ways that affect the whole person and perhaps the whole society. While much of the media is buzzing about a new survey on sex in America, I'm still thinking about a book, "Sex and Culture," published in I discovered it in the windowless warrens of a large university library, and I felt like an archaeologist must feel unearthing an artifact from the catacombs.
Traditional sexual mores have been dismissed as outdated, especially in an age of artificial contraception and abortifacients that dissociate procreation from a fundamentally life-giving act. Society has reduced sex to a pleasurable pursuit, and as a result, sexual promiscuity and libertinism are increasingly common. Progressives praise the sexual revolution as a period of enlightenment, whereby now people can freely engage in the pleasures of sex divested of its biological consequences.