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ERIC Number: ED444041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-29
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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The Great Sexologists: John Money on Sin, Science, and the Sex Police.
Money, John
This paper discusses the role of sex police in society from the 14th century to the present and their affect on sex education in the schools. Jean Gerson, Chancellor of the University of Paris and Dean of the Cathedral School of Notre Dame, was one of the first to publish information concerning nocturnal wet dreams and boyhood masturbation. His publications as well as the semen depletion theory were the origins of the sex police. Gerson urged parents and teachers to argue against masturbation and to warn adolescent boys of the dangers of perpetual damnation. During the 18th century, the policing of masturbation became medicalized. According to Simon Andre Tissot, masturbation was the counterpart of the social vice of promiscuity and prostitution, which he surmised to be a source of social disease. This implication of masturbation as a source of illness set up a veritable industry of sex policing, which reached its apex in the late Victorian era and extended well into the 20th century. Defeated on the masturbation front, sex police contrived to uphold, and still do, that sexual intercourse should be for procreative purposes only. They crusade against sex education and the availability of contraception for young teenagers. After nearly a century of neglect, sex policing was rediscovered through the battered child syndrome. Many court cases took place and books were published in which children and adults remembered being abused by their parents. The new vogue in sexual victimology marked the transition from the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the 1970s to the sexual counterrevolution of the 1980s and 1990s. Seduction theory offers an alternative to classic psychoanalytic theory and to behavior modification theory and pharmaceutical psychiatry in cases that are unresponsive to medications. Currently, because of Health Maintenance Organizations, many mental health care providers find themselves seduced into becoming, as victimologists, undercover sex police. This paper concludes with a discussion of the five universals of Exigency Theory, a counseling theory that acknowledges multivariate causes as they are discovered and empirically authenticated and, if not authenticated, then are revised or rejected. Contains 18 references. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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