As Pope Gelasius I, the last pope of African descent, may have said when he first established a feast day for multiple St. Valentines in the 5th century, “Who needs a box of chocolates when you’ve got a scroll or two from the University scribes?” Here are a few NYU Press titles we think St. Gelasius may have enjoyed.
The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism, edited by Danya Ruttenberg
In this unique collection of essays, some of today’s smartest Jewish thinkers explore a broad range of fundamental questions in an effort to balance ancient tradition and modern sexuality. Covering topics such as monogamy, inter-faith relationships, reproductive technology, homosexuality, and a host of other hot-button issues, these writings consider how contemporary Jews can engage themselves, their loved ones, and their tradition in a way that’s both sexy and sanctified.
Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus by Katherine A. Bogle
An intimate look at how and why college students get together, what hooking up means to them, and why it has replaced dating on college campuses. Breaking through many misconceptions about casual sex on college campuses, Hooking Up is the first book to understand the new sexual culture on its own terms, with vivid real-life stories of young men and women as they navigate the newest sexual revolution.
Sexual Rights in America: The Ninth Amendment and the Pursuit of Happiness by Paul R. Abramson, Steven D. Pinkerton and Mark Huppin
The Constitution of the United States guarantees all Americans certain rights, such as the freedoms of speech and religious expression. But what guarantees our sexual freedoms? Sexual Rights in America presents a bold and intriguing look at the constitutional basis of sexual rights in America. Resurrecting the “forgotten” Ninth Amendment, which guarantees those fundamental rights not protected elsewhere in the Constitution, Abramson and colleagues argue that the freedom to choose how, when, and with whom we express ourselves sexually is integral to our happiness.
And coming soon…
Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China by Judith Stacey
Built on bracing original research that spans gay men’s intimacies and parenting in this country to plural and non-marital forms of family in South Africa and China, Unhitched decouples the taken for granted relationships between love, marriage, and parenthood. Countering the one-size-fits-all vision of family values, Stacey offers readers a lively, in-person introduction to these less familiar varieties of intimacy and family and to the social, political, and economic conditions that buttress and batter them.