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ERIC Number: ED108012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 20
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Why Are Many Societies Sex Negative? A Social-Functionalist Theory.
Smith, Richard W.
America is a sex-negative society. It is intolerant of diversity in sexual tastes and aversions. This paper explores the possible reasons why successful societies have frequently been erotically intolerant, and why sexually positive groups are usually small and insignificant groups in other parts of the world. The author discusses a set of axioms based on research in the behavioral sciences and analyzed from a social functionalist viewpoint. These axioms, put together, represent a theory about why many competitively successful societies such as ours have evolved maintaining negative sex norms. (Author/PC)
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