From the April, 2002 issue of Touchstone
sex Sex & the Civilized by Angus J. L. Menuge

Book Review

Sex & the Civilized

Civilizing Sex: On Chastity and the Common Good by Patrick Riley

Edinburgh, Scotland: T&T Clark, 2000
(272 pages; $28.95, paper [available in the U.S. in May 2002])

reviewed by Angus J. L. Menuge

For some, the topic of chastity is rather like Ptolemaic astronomy: a fascinating relic of the unenlightened past. Hedonistic license is so mainstream that we find it even in the magazines publicly displayed at grocery stores. The mantra of sex education, “They’ll do it anyway,” is promoted as realism and compassion, rather than as cynical defeatism and irresponsible indifference . . .


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