2013 Sexuality Integrity and the University -- National Conference
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.
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.
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.
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
Third party reproduction corrupts the parent-child relationship and disrespects the humanity of donor-conceived people.
The fertility industry is booming because we desire genetic and memetic immortality—the preservation and reproduction of our bodies and ways of life.
Eve Tushnet reflects on friendship and kinship.
Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.