Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Writer: Ira L. Reiss
Title: Premarital Sexual Standards in America
Subtitle: A Sociological Investigation of the Relative Social and Cultural Integration of American Sexual Standards
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York, NY, and London
Publisher: The Free Press of Glencoe Collier-Macmillan Limited
Year of Publication: 1964
Format: 130x210mm (trimmed)
Pages: 286
Cover design: Ellen Raskin
Binding: paperback in duotone printed wrappers 
Original price: USD1.95
Entry No: 2015008
Entry Date: 25th February 2015


The wealth of recent material on American sexual behavior testifies to our changing codes and mores-and to the resulting confusion. This is the first study to spotlight sexual standards in America, the standards that underly our actions.

The author's style is at once lively and faultlessly objective. He reveals the four major sexual standrds in the country-abstinence, the double standard, permissiveness without affection, and permissiveness with affection-and their relative integration into American culture. He examines their physiological basis and their historical and religious background.

Proceeding to such phenomena as romantic love, the urban-industrial revolution, and the triumph of feminism, he clearly demosntrates the divergence between ideals, standards, and actual behavior.

Premarital Sexual Standards in America is a book that offers profound insight into sexual behavior, the standards that regulate it, and the most likely future course of our most intimate activities.

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