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2013 Sexuality Integrity and the University -- National Conference


Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It

Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father. Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths.

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The Social Costs of Abandoning the Meaning of Marriage

Marriage plays a fundamental role in civil society because it is characterized by sexual complementarity, monogamy, exclusivity, and permanence. These marriage norms encourage men and women to commit permanently and exclusively to each other and take responsibility for their children.

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A Tangled Web: Don Jon Highlights Real-life Effects of Internet Porn

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new film raises a good question: Does our culture have an unhealthy relationship with porn? In Verily’s upcoming Nov/Dec Issue, Mary Rose Somarriba gives an answer.

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Sex, Money, and Slavery

Mary Rose Somarriba Originally published at Verily Magazine. She remembers it like it was yesterday. It had been many years since Jessica Richardson was involved in the sex industry—years of getting herself back on her feet, starting a career, building … Continue reading »

What Are the Rights of Donor-Conceived People?

Third party reproduction corrupts the parent-child relationship and disrespects the humanity of donor-conceived people.

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Reproductive Technologies and the Quest for Immortality

The fertility industry is booming because we desire genetic and memetic immortality—the preservation and reproduction of our bodies and ways of life.

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The Death-Haunted Art of Friendship

Eve Tushnet reflects on friendship and kinship.

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Sex After Christianity

Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one.

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Why Liberal Neutrality Prohibits Same-Sex Marriage: Rawls, Political Liberalism, and the Family

Matthew O’Brien, Ph.D. Abstract: John Rawls’s political liberalism and its ideal of public reason are tremendously influential in contemporary political philosophy and in constitutional law as well. Many liberals are Rawlsians of one stripe or another. This is problematic, because … Continue reading »

Book reviews

Population Decline and the Birth Dearth

Jonathan Last’s new book attributes population decline and the birth dearth to two trends that started in the Enlightenment era—first, an effort to limit death; second, an effort to control birth. Both trends are guided by a desire to control nature.

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Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage

Jason Carroll, Ph.D., Brigham Young University One of the most important social developments of our time is the recent rise in age at first marriage, which now stands at 27 for women and 29 for men—a historic high. What are … Continue reading »

Does Contraception Change the Game? Bachelors, Bachelorettes, and the New Battle of the Sexes

Catherine Pakaluk, Ph.D., Ave Maria University In The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness, Stevenson and Wolfers (2007) document a new “gender gap” between the sexes, in which women today generally report lower subjective well-being relative to men. Building on research … Continue reading »

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster

Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard Everything you know about population growth and demographics is wrong. The world is not overcrowded. Growth is slowing rapidly. And within a few decades, most models suggest that global population is going to actually contract. Why? Because … Continue reading »

Introductory Remarks: Forging a New Counterculture

Matthew Franck, Ph.D., The Witherspoon Institute Young people are expected to be iconoclastic, to be rebellious and countercultural—to blaze new trails for themselves where their parents’ generations did not go. But in the present age, what does that mean? Thanks … Continue reading »

Marriage from the Ivory Tower to the Court House and Beyond

Dr. Matthew Franck moderated a panel between Dr. Matthew O’Brien and Jennifer Marshall on these two respective talks: Matthew O’Brien, Ph.D. Collegium Institute From Pastoral Care to Therapeutic Affirmation: How Redefining Marriage Became so Important to University Culture In ten short … Continue reading »

Friendship as a Form of Love

Eve Tushnet, Patheos Can friends become family? Today we usually think that romantic love is the only kind of love which can create lasting, intimate, sacrificial relationships between adults. This wasn’t always the case. In traditional societies friendship and other … Continue reading »

The Sex Industry’s Tangled Web: A Closer Look at the Links Between Strip Clubs, Internet Porn and Sex Trafficking

Mary Rose Somarriba, Novak Fellow, Phillips Foundation Pornography on the Internet…strip clubs on a bachelor’s last night out… Both seem like fairly common activities in America today. But in reality, both of these apparently socially acceptable sides of the sex … Continue reading »

The Emperor’s New Kids: A First Hand Account of Third Party Reproduction

Alana Newman, Anonymous Us What could be the problem in letting eager caretakers use technology to create the children they so desperately want? In this illuminating talk, Alana Newman uses her first person experience as the daughter of an anonymous … Continue reading »


Twentysomething Marriage: The Knot Yet Report

One of the most important social developments of our time is the recent rise in age at first marriage, which now stands at 27 for women and 29 for men–a historic high. This report from experts Brad Wilcox, Jason Carroll, and more details the consequences – for better and for worse.

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Working Papers

Partner + Children = Happiness? The Effects of Partnerships and Fertility on Well-Being

Catherine Pakaluk will rely on research from this report on the effects of partnership and fertility on happiness in her 2013 Sexuality, Integrity, and the University session.

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The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness

By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men.

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