Herzog argues in this silly, poorly written book, that the religious right is going to take over and roll back the sexual revolution.
Yes, as everyone knows, the religious right controls television, Hollywood movies, CBS, NBC, ABC, the New York Times and all the universities.
No...wait...actually, the liberals control all these! So where have the puritans, laughed at on every sitcom, managed to grab control back? Um...nowhere, so it's difficult to see the point of the book.
She solemnly announces, "We are experiencing sex in crisis" (p 3). Then, on the same page, she disproves her theory by chattering happily about Viagra, which has meant even the very elderly can be promiscuous. Does this sound like sex in crisis?
The crisis continues in the next chapter where she talks about Evangelicals. Aiming her razor wit at the enemy, Herzog notes that, "Evangelicals incessantly...admit that they are drawn to the very things they say they despise" (p 39). I am shocked, shocked to hear that people are drawn to sin. Then, with relish, she relates every shred of evidence proving Evangelicals actually like sex and therefore are hypocrites.
By page 69, after pointless rambling, she relates the terrifying facts of the Evangelical Glen Eyrie project which was actually against gay rights and made an initiative to "Pressure politicians to commit to opposing any gay-friendly legislation" (p 69).
Christians staying by the same morals they've been teaching for 2,000 years? Let us all pause to take a few deep breaths.
Grimly, she continues with "Reports from Love in Action and similar ex-gay ministries routinely claim that reparative therapy...have a success rate of anywhere from 25 to 50 percent" (p 80). Herzog promptly exposes this nonsense by telling the story of Paulk, who claimed to be cured of homosexuality, but was later found in a gay bar.
Besides the incoherent writing and flawed logic, Herzog fails at the most basic level by not tackling the problems the sexual revolution has created.
She keeps pushing thorough sexual education as if it were a magical cure all. She's blind to the obvious: since we began sex education in our schools, the illegitimacy rate skyrocketed to around 40%, sexual diseases are so common Herpes medicines are standard commercials, and some 1,200,000 abortions occur every year.
Even in the UK, which has pushed one of the most clinical, pro-sex, pro-condom teaching given to children before they can read, sex education has been a catastrophic failure. After thirty years of intensive, intrusive sex ed, the UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe and a soaring abortion rate.
Even the very left Alan Guttmacher Institute, a part of Planned Parenthood, shows fewer than 20 percent of all pregnancies nationwide end in abortion, 72 pregnancies end in abortion in New York for every 100 births. Funny, since New York practically throws condoms from you on every corner. So the most rigorous pro-contraception education has resorted in...why, the highest rate of abortion! Amazing.
These are common enough facts. So why won't Herzog acknowledge and discuss them?
Herzog refuses to admit that the sexual revolution has harmed people. And the people most harmed by all the collapsing marriages and freewheeling sex are the children. Children need a mother and father who will love and take care of them.
Children who live in single parent households are at huge risk for abuse compared to those children living with their biological parents. Statistically, these children will perform poorly in schools and are hugely at risk for drug and alcohol problems. Research shows they are TWENTY TIMES more likely to end up in prison, and at much, much greater risk of suicide and lifelong emotional problems than those children raised with their mother and father.
Herzog badly needs to read such books as "Abolition of Marriage" and "Fatherless America".
And it is the research--and massive, simply massive piles of it, well over a hundred thousand research studies in a variety of journals throughout the world, not to mention dozens of new books--that is so convincing. I am simply aghast that anyone who has even the smallest brush with it could believe differently, so I am forced to conclude Herzog avoided it like the plague.
The dividing line between the bright and the poorly educated right now in the US is marriage, as per "State of Our Unions 2010".
Only 10% of the Ivy league students have divorced parents, the rest are still living with their natural parents. And mind, we are talking here only about divorced parent, we are not even bothering to factor in illegitimate children.
Children raised in a single parent household end up with, on average, a lower IQ than children raised by their genetic parents. This trend is especially clear in boys. Research shows boys are more hurt than girl by being raised in a broken home.
Illegitimate children tend to have an even lower IQ than that.
And here is a really depressing finding: the children who have lived with a stepfather or stepmother do even worse than either the children of divorced or illegitimate children. I remember stumbling over this fact, and how upset I was. It became clear, as the thousands of studies on stepchildren rolled in, that they seemed to suffer more than any other group, which on the face it, seemed at first very odd.
Children raised by a single parent are much more likely to be emotionally disturbed (especially boys), and, alarmingly, this continues throughout their lives. No, they don't bounce back.
Children raised by a single parent graduate from both high school and college in much smaller numbers, and, once again, especially boys.
Children raised in a single parent household experience reading and school problems in much, much higher numbers.
Children raised in a single parent household are far less likely to take advanced classes.
Children raised in a single parent household show greatly increased odds of being having problems with drugs or alcohol.
Children raised in single parent households are much less likely to experience success in later jobs. Boys, especially.
Children raised in single parent household rarely qualify for gifted classes. And when they do, it is usually at a much lower level than those raised by their genetic parents.
Children raised in single households show a hugely increased chance of ending up in 'problem' kid classes or special ed classes. They are also twice as likely to be suspended or expelled from school.
Children of single mothers cause nearly all the disturbances in school, especially boys.
Children raised in single parent households are twice as likely to be arrested, and comprise some 85% of the prison population.
Children raised by single mothers are twice likely to be treated for emotional and behavioral problems
Children of single mothers are twice as likely to drop out of high school.
A recent researcher, studying the data from the famous Terman study of gifted children, realized that, even among these gifted, well off children, the children whose parents had divorced were far less likely to be successful. And, strangely, they died five years earlier than those whose parents remained married.
The fact is we are simply ignoring the serious, terrible harm our culture is doing to young children.
We all have a right to live the lives we want to live, but we have no right to harm small children. And when we harm the vast majority of our children --today, only about 45% of our children grow up in intact homes--you can be sure we have caused severe damage to the future of this nation.
I would also like to point out that the research has been worldwide. We have studies from poor, rural countries, from Europe--all over. And they all say the same thing. May I repeat that? They all say the same thing. Only about 5% of the studies show any kind of encouraging result.
Some other good books on the subject include "The State of Our Unions 2010" which presents statistics showing marriage is disappearing among the poor in America, "Marriage and Caste in America" which also presents evidence on the subject, "Fatherless America", which talks about the research proving children raised in single parents households are harmed, and "The Abolition of Marriage", which has the best in-depth research on marriage, divorce, children, and single parenting.
At any rate, skip this silly book.