A Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity by Jenny TaylorA Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity by Jenny Taylor

A Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity

byJenny Taylor

Paperback | February 11, 2009

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In A Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity, Taylor addresses the provocative subject of celibacy. Too often considered an exclusively religious option, celibacy has been reclaimed by some feminists and sociologists over the last 20 years as a radical alternative in secular society to the liberal sexual lifestyle. What, after all, is sexual liberation when so often the outcome is pain and social chaos? In the context of promiscuity, sexual abuse and confusion, celibacy can herald a different sexual freedom. Jenny Taylor draws on personal experience and interviews with men and women of all ages to demonstrate the impact of the sexual revolution and to make a case for celibacy. She argues that celibacy is a viable alternative that deserves to be taken seriously and challenges the church to speak out for sexual abstinence with confidence and certainty.
Title:A Wild Constraint: The Case for ChastityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:February 11, 2009Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826487122

ISBN - 13:9780826487124


Table of Contents

Introduction Ch 1 'Ready for Sex' Ch 2 In the Image of Dog: Freud and his Disciples Ch 3 Sex and the Destruction of Childhood Ch 4 Virtue and the Vamp: Women as Culture Carriers Ch 5 The Church's Turn Against Chastity Ch 6 Alone Again - Naturally Ch 7 Sexuality for Society Ch 8 Surviving Chastity Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

"More people remain single longer, if not for life, than ever before. In the face of this, coupled with popular cultural messages promoting an active sex life, Taylor's advocacy for chastity is timely and provocative. Drawing on personal interviews, social statistics and references to sources ranging from Freud to Bridget Jones, Taylor (Faith and Power: Christianity and Islam in 'Secular' Britain) chastises what she deems to be a dangerous degree of sexual freedom. The book is at its best when describing the possibilities and benefits of chastity for the individual and society." -Publishers Weekly, December 15, 2008