RELC 4610

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Sex and Morality

How have Jewish and Christian morals shaped sexual experience in the West?  Focusing on the United States today, we will analyze pre-marital sex, the sexual revolution, abortion, prostitution, gay marriage, marital rape, teaching sex education in public schools, and “senior sex.”  We will pay special attention to art, film, and the media in challenging sexual mores.
What does sexual activity have to do with religious practice?  How will we theorize or understand sexual desires we don’t share?  How appropriate is it for the government to legislate sexuality?  What is the future of sex in America?

Portmann, J.