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Censoring Sex Research
The Debate over Male Intergenerational Relations
Thomas K Hubbard (Editor); Beert Verstraete (Editor); Daniel C. Tsang (Foreword By)
336 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Aug, 2013
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This volume sheds light on one of the most explosive episodes of censure of academic scholarship in recent decades. Bruce Rind, a former psychology professor at Temple University, investigated
" The scholarly and uncensored discussions in this engaging book tackle the sensitive topic of pederasty, starting with 'Pederasty: An Integration of Empirical, Historical, Sociological, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Species, and Evolutionary Perspectives' by Bruce Rind. This article was initially slated for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality, but was never published due to pressure from right-wing political factions that leaned on the publisher. Rind's article is now longer and more in depth. This book includes nine additional chapters that discuss, critique, bolster, and disagree with Rind's discussion.... Rind's article, which discusses psychological, cultural, and scientific perspectives of pederasty and clearly delineates between hebephilia and pedophilia, is exceptionally important to sex research.... This critical book should be in every university library and on every researcher's bookshelf. Summing Up: Essential. All academic levels/libraries. "


"This is a very necessary book, which should be available in every university library. Far beyond its particular subject matter, it addresses fundamental issues of academic freedom. Can serious authors in Western democracies still write about controversial topics without fear of censorship? Will economic considerations eventually trump our cherished freedom of expression, as they have in this case? We should all worry about the censorship by academic publishers bowing to non-academic pressure groups. This threat to the free exchange of ideas deserves to be discussed as widely as possible. It concerns every serious scholar in every field."

- Prof. Erwin J Haeberle, Founder of the online Archive for Sexology

"Children lack adult maturity, and for that reason, society has an obligation to protect them from potential harm. Rightfully, in contemporary American society, minors below a certain age are not permitted to purchase cigarettes or alcohol, to be employed fulltime, or to engage in sexual activities with adults. That said, research to trace the historical roots of beliefs about childhood sexuality, and to study the impact that specific sexual acts may have upon a child can still be informative. For example, without condoning such behavior, what better news could the parents of a youngster receive than to learn of research documenting that although their child’s trust may have been improperly violated, he or she may not have been permanently harmed? To the extent that this text can contribute to a meaningful discussion and assessment of such issues, it can serve a useful purpose."

- Fred S. Berlin, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Director of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma

"The forces that be have done their very best to suppress this essential book, because they don’t want anyone to be able to deny that sexual relations between someone over 21 with someone under 18 ever fail to cause trauma. Ironically, the so-called LGBT are the quickest to condemn all homosexual sex with younger males. But the inspired founder of the modern American homophile movement, Harry Hay, declared that the elders “have an ethical obligation to be there when the younger males reach out for erotic connection in order to resist hetero dominance and repression and to avoid developing self-loathing.” The late Dutch authority, Dr. Frits Barnard, once called Bruce Rind’s groundbreaking 1998 meta-analysis “the bomb under the sex abuse industry.” Read his new much more broadly based synthesis and judge for yourself whether it drives a stake through the heart of the trauma myth."

- William A. Percy, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Massachusetts, Boston

sexual relations between male adults and adolescents through history and across cultures, from highly institutionalized relationships in Ancient Greece and Rome, to 33 contemporary cultures including the USA, and among various species. His conclusions that these relations, when consensual, are not always negative was radical, but based in his research findings. Even before publication of an invited article on the topic, he was subjected to intensive attacks, censured, and censored. This book presents a substantially extended version of Rind’s original, unpublished article, plus 8 scholarly responses to his work that argue for or against Rind’s conclusions or offer useful context on his work. For anyone interested in sex research and the academic freedom issues surrounding it, whether supportive of or vehemently opposed to Rind’s ideas, this book is a must-read.

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