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War On Sex? An Interview With Dr. Marty Klein

War On Sex? An Interview With Dr. Marty Klein [EXPERT]
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You've heard of the war on terror and the war on drugs, but do you know about the war on sex?

YourTango Expert Dr. Marty Klein, PhD is not only a licensed marriage and family therapist, he's also the author of six books, including 2012's hard-hitting second edition, America's War On Sex: The Continuing Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty. The book explores our country's deep-seated anxiety about sexuality and the lengths to which our government is willing to go to keep its citizens sexually repressed.

In light of some timely events — including North Carolina's recent ban on gay marriage, President Obama's newfound support of it, and the fact that May is National Masturbation Month — Senior Vice President of YourTango Experts Melanie Gorman sat down with Dr. Klein recently to discuss his book, and why he's concerned about America's sexual trajectory.

The Well-Coordinated, Deeply-Funded War On Sexuality

Melanie: Tell me about the book and how it came about for you.

Dr. Klein: Well, for years and years, I was running up against all the difficulties that Americans have about sexuality. I was running into the laws that restrict access to information and products and services; I was running into the mythologies that legislators were relying on to make terrible laws; I was running into the guilt that people felt; I was running into the anxiety people have about their kids' safety when it comes to sexuality. Does It Matter If You're 'Sexually Normal?'

So, I just kept running into this everywhere I turned, and eventually I began to understand that it's all connected. It's not just difficulty with contraception in this country, and it's not just difficulty with stocking vibrators at Amazon.com. There's sort of a big picture here and the big picture is that there's a well-coordinated, deeply funded war on sexuality, and it's being fought on many different fronts, as I detail in the book.

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Melanie: It sounds like your interest in this topic stems from your private practice. Are there any other influences for you?

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