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Bibliographic Details

Title: Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law
SBN: 9781933116570
Author: Maddex, Robert L.
Publisher: CQ Press
Subjects: Reference, United states, Sex and law, Criminal Law, Law-Legal Guides and Reference
LC Subject Headings for this publication: Sex and law — United States — Encyclopedias.
Publication Date: 2006-09-31
Language: English
Pages: 419

Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law Reviews

Summary

The Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law addresses the topic of sexual policy in the United States, as shaped by federal laws, state laws, and court cases. This new volume of approximately 150 alphabetical entries presents information on this area of policy and law in language written for the non-lawyer. It will serve as a useful guide for students and patrons of university, community college, high school, and public libraries.

AALnet Review

The aim of The Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law is to provide a one-volume resource about “concepts, laws, court decisions, people, organizations, and events” (p.ix) that have impacted the relationship between law and human sexual behavior. This goal has been met. Topics include both the expected-abortion, contraception, obscenity, and rape-and the unexpected-women’s suffrage, spousal abuse, marriage, and stem cell research. These unexpected topics aid in revealing the context and evolution of the relationship between law and sexual behavior in the United States.

As with any work that addresses the topic of human sexual behavior, some topics covered are controversial and emotionally charged (e.g., abortion and stem cell research). But the analysis provided by author Robert Maddex, an attorney and regular CQ Press contributor, is balanced and unbiased. See Robert L. Maddex, International Encyclopedia of Human Rights: Freedoms, Abuses, and Remedies (2000); Robert L. Maddex, Constitutions of the World (2d ed. 2001); Robert L. Maddex, The U.S. Constitution A-Z (2002); and Robert L. Maddex, State Constitutions of the United States (2d ed. 2006).For each topic, he presents both the historical and current state of the law, along with opposing viewpoints and legal arguments. Also included are biographies of notable people and organizations who helped shape the law and summaries of important cases, statutes, and legal concepts.

Written in plain English, for which readers will be thankful, most entries are one to two pages long, with some including contact information and Web site addresses for government or advocacy groups that can provide additional information.

Photographs, political cartoons, advertisements, and other illustrations interspersed throughout the book illustrate how the relationship between law and sexual behavior has changed over time.

One particularly useful feature of the encyclopedia is the inclusion of fiftystate surveys. These include summaries of the laws regarding divorce, marriage requirements, breast-feeding in public, abortion, embryonic and fetal research, genetic privacy, sex education policies, statutory rape age limits, and hate crimes.

Unfortunately, the surveys lack citations to legal authority.

In sum, The Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law presents a unique collection of information on the regulation of sexual behavior and its impact on myriad legal issues. It is well suited for the reference collections of academic law libraries.

Reviewed by Sara Sampson (2005) in AALnet.

Choice Review

This encyclopedia contains 150 entries on cases (e.g., Roth, Miller), individuals (e.g., Lenny Bruce, Margaret Sanger), and concepts (e.g., obscenity, pornography), arranged alphabetically from “Abortion” to “Zoning,” and varying in length from one to five pages. Entries were all written by Maddex, an “attorney specializing in international law,” and an “advisor on constitutional procedures and issues,” according to the CQ Press Web site.

Entries do not include suggestions for further reading or sources, and the selective bibliography at the end of the encyclopedia comprises only seven items. Coverage is somewhat quixotic: Roe v. Wade is covered under “Abortion,” but Alec Jeffreys has his own page in addition to references within the lengthy entry on DNA. The material in this encyclopedia is readily available elsewhere, but libraries without West’s Encyclopedia of American Law and those supporting beginning undergraduates may find this resource useful, especially the charts that compare state laws on divorce, marriage (also same-sex marriage), maternity leave, and related issues. Summing Up: Optional. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers.

S. Clerc Southern Connecticut State University, Choice, 2007-09-01.

Description

‘Whether the issue is sexual predators, abortion, same-sex marriage, sexual harassment, or internet pornography, stories relating to sexual matters regularly make headlines in the news and provoke strong emotions. But until now, researchers looking for policy information on these issues have been limited to reading books that often express particular points of view, or to searching multi-volume professional legal resources.

Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law is a single comprehensive volume, written specifically for the non-lawyer, that addresses sexual policy in the United States, as shaped by federal laws, state laws, and court cases. This unique new resource provides balanced, reliable treatment to some of the most important, highly publicized topics in society today.

In approximately 150 encyclopedic entries, Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law addresses:

  • Broad policy areas, including entertainment industry regulations, laws for teenagers, as both victims and perpetrators, and the legal aspects of marriage
  • Significant laws, including the Child Online Protection Act, MeganÆs law, and rape shield laws
  • Medical and health policies and issues, including DNA evidence, stem-cell research, and genetic information
  • The role of government agencies and institutions, including the Food and Drug Administration and the FBIÆs Crimes against Children unit
  • Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law also covers significant court cases, private organizations and institutions, significant people, and many more relevant subjects. This new volume will serve as a useful guide to this complicated subject for researchers in university, community college, high school, and public libraries.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Milestones in Sexual Behavior and the Law
  • Abortion
  • Abstinence
  • Adult Materials
  • Adultery
  • AIDS-HIV
  • Alimony
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Fertility Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Annulment
  • Anthony, Susan B.
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc.
  • Bestiality
  • Bigamy
  • Bioethics
  • Bisexuality
  • A Book Named “John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure” v. Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Bradwell v. Illinois
  • Breastfeeding
  • Brown, Louise
  • Bruce, Lenny
  • Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth
  • Calderone, Mary S.
  • Censorship
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Online Protection Act
  • Child Support
  • Children
  • Communications Decency Act
  • Comstock, Anthony
  • Congress
  • Consent
  • Contraception
  • Craig v. Boren
  • Crimes Against Children Unit (FBI)
  • Date Rape
  • Defense of Marriage Act
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce
  • DNA
  • Domestic Violence
  • Douglas, William O.
  • Drugs
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Equal Rights
  • Ethics
  • Family Planning
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Marriage Amendment
  • Feminism
  • First Amendment
  • Flynt, Larry
  • Frontiero v. Richardson
  • Gender
  • Genetics
  • Ginzburg v. United States
  • Griswold v. Connecticut
  • Hate Crimes
  • Healthy Marriage Initiative
  • Hefner, Hugh
  • Homosexuality
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Human Trafficking
  • Illegitimacy
  • Incest
  • Indecent Exposure
  • The Internet
  • Jacobellis v. Ohio
  • Jeffreys, Alec
  • Judiciary
  • Kameny, Franklin
  • Kansas v. Hendricks
  • Kinsey, Alfred
  • Lawrence v. Texas
  • Lewd Behavior
  • Marriage
  • Media
  • Megan’s Law
  • Military
  • Miller, Henry
  • Miller v. California
  • Minor v. Happersett
  • Miscegenation
  • Motherhood
  • Muller v. Oregon
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • National Organization for Women
  • Ninth Amendment
  • Nudity
  • Obscenity
  • Office on Violence Against Women
  • Pandering
  • Paternity
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey
  • Polygamy
  • Pornography
  • Pregnancy
  • Premarital Sex
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • President
  • Prisoners
  • Privacy
  • Prostitution
  • Prurient Interest
  • Rape
  • Rape Shield Laws
  • Religion
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Roth v. United States
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Sanger, Margaret
  • Sex Education
  • Sex Offenders
  • Sex Offenses
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Enhancement
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Revolution
  • Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
  • Sexually Oriented Businesses
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Single-Sex Education
  • Sodomy
  • Spousal Rights and Duties
  • State and Local Government
  • Stem-Cell Research and Cloning
  • Sterilization
  • Surgeon General of the United States
  • Teenagers
  • Telephone Sex
  • Title IX
  • Transsexualism
  • Transvestism
  • Unborn, Rights of the
  • Unmarried Cohabitants
  • Unmarried Parents
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Victims’ Rights
  • Violence Against Women Act
  • Virginia, United States v.
  • Voyeurism
  • Williams v. Morgan
  • Williams v.North Carolina
  • Women’s Rights
  • Zoning
  • A Note on Sources
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index
  • Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law
  • Revised-as of Aug. 29, 2005 Alpha list of all entries and x-refs for
  • Note: “underlined” = new entry; “underlined” and indented = new x-ref; “> and indented” = former entry, now x-ref
  • Abortion
  • Abstinence
  • Abuse
  • Adolescence: See Teenagers
  • Adult Materials
  • Adultery
  • Affirmative Action: See Discrimination
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Alimony
  • ACLU
  • American Fertility Association
  • [“Amer. Infertility Assoc.” Name changed to “Amer. Fertility Assoc.”, which see.]
  • Amer. Med. Assoc.
  • Annulment
  • Art: See Censorship; Nudity
  • Artificial Insemination: See Assisted Reproductive Technology; Motherhood
  • Artificial Reproductive Technology
  • Ashcroft v. ACLU: See Child Online Protection Act
  • Banned Materials
  • Barnes v. Glen Theater, Inc.
  • Bastard: See Illegitimacy
  • Bestiality
  • Bigamy
  • Bioethics
  • Birth Control: See Contraception
  • Bisexuality
  • A Book Named “John Cleland’s Memoirs …”
  • Bradwell v. Illinois
  • Breast Implants: See Sexual Enhancement
  • Breast-feeding in Public
  • Brown, Louise
  • Bruce, Lenny
  • Burlesque: See Entertainment Ind.
  • Burlington Industries, Inc v. Ellerth
  • Calderone, Mary S.
  • Censorship
  • Child Custody: See Child Support; Divorce
  • Child Online Protection Act
  • Child Support
  • Children
  • Cloning and Stem Cell Research
  • Cohabitation: See Adultery; Marriage
  • Communications Decency Act
  • Community Standards: See Obscenity and Roth v. U.S.
  • Comstock, Anthony
  • Congress
  • Consent
  • Contraception
  • Craig v. Boren
  • Crimes Against Children Unit (FBI)
  • Cybersex
  • Date Rape
  • Defense of Marriage Amendment (Proposed)
  • Defense of Marriage Laws
  • Definition of Marriage Laws: See Marriage; Same-sex Marriage
  • Discrimination
  • Disease: See Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Divorce
  • DNA
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • Education: See Sex Education; Single-sex Education; Title IX
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Equal Rights
  • Erotic Dancing: See Entertainment Industry; Nudity
  • Ethics
  • Exploitation: See Human Trafficking; Pornography
  • Expression, Freedom of: See First Amendment
  • Family Planing
  • Faragher v. City of Boca Raton: See Burlington Industries v. Ellerth.
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Female Genital Mutilation: See Sex Offenses
  • Feminism
  • Fertility: See Infertility
  • First Amendment
  • Flint, Larry
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Fornication: See Adultery
  • Frontiero v. Richardson
  • Gays: See Homosexuality; Same-sex Marriage
  • Gender
  • Genetics
  • Ginsberg v. N.Y.
  • Ginsberg, Ralph
  • Ginzburg v. United States
  • Griswold v. Conn.
  • Hate Crimes
  • Hays Code: See Censorship
  • Health and Human Services Dept.
  • Healthy Marriage Act (Proposed)
  • Hefner, Hugh
  • Homosexuality
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Illegitimacy
  • Incest
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Infertility
  • In Vitro Fertilization: See Assisted Reproductive Technology; Infertility
  • Internet
  • Jacobellis v. Ohio
  • Judiciary
  • Kansas v. Hendricks
  • Kinsey, Alfred
  • Lawrence v. Texas
  • Lesbians: See Homosexuality; Same-sex Marriage
  • Lewd [Behavior] Conduct
  • Live Shows: See Entertainment Industry; Obscenity; Pornography; Sexually
  • Oriented Businesses
  • Local Government
  • Magazines: See Adult Materials; Pornography
  • Marriage
  • Maternity: See Motherhood; Pregnancy
  • Media
  • Megan’s Law
  • Military Personnel Rights
  • Miller, Henry
  • Miller v. California
  • Minor v. Happersett
  • Miscegenation
  • Model Penal Code: See Prisoners’ Rights
  • Morality: See Ethics
  • Motherhood
  • Motion Pictures: See Censorship; Media; Pornography
  • Muller v. Oregon
  • National Abortion Rights Action League
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • National Organization for Women
  • National Sex Offender Registry: See Megan’s Law; Sex Offenders
  • Naturalism: See Nudity
  • Ninth Amendment
  • Nudity
  • Obscene Language
  • Obscenity
  • Office of on Violence Against Women (DoJ)
  • Palimony: See Alimony
  • Pandering
  • Parental Advisories
  • Paris Adult Theatre I v. Slaton: See Miller v. California
  • Paternity
  • Pedophile: See Abuse; Children
  • Perversion
  • Planned Parenthood … v. Casey
  • Planned Parenthood Fed. Of Amer.
  • Polygamy
  • Polyparenting: See Children
  • Pornography
  • Post Marital Agreements: See Prenuptial (Premartial) Agreements
  • Pregnancy: See Abortion; Discrimination; Motherhood
  • Premarital Sex
  • Prenuptial (Premarital) Agreements
  • President
  • President’s Council on Bioethics
  • Press, Freedom of: See Censorship; First Amendment;
  • Prisoners’ Rights
  • Privacy
  • Procreation: See Assisted Reproductive Technology; Motherhood; Paternity;
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Prostitution
  • Prurient Interest
  • Rape
  • Rape Shield Laws
  • Religion
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Reverse Discrimination: See Discrimination
  • Roe v. Wade: See Abortion; Reproductive Rights
  • Roth v. U.S.
  • Same-sex Divorce: See Same-sex Marriage
  • Same-sex Marriage
  • Sanger, Margaret
  • Separation: See Divorce
  • Sex Clubs
  • Sex Crimes (Suggest changing this entry to “Sex Offenses”)
  • Sex Education
  • Sex Offenders
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexism: See Discrimination; Equal Rights
  • Sexology
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Battery: See Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Enhancement
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Minorities: See Discrimination; Homosexuality
  • Sexual Orientation: See Homosexuality
  • Sexual Predator: See Sex Offenders
  • Sexual Revolution
  • Sexuality Information and Educ. Council of the U.S.
  • Sexually Oriented Businesses
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Single-sex Education
  • Slavery
  • Sodomy
  • Speech, Freedom of: See First Amendment; Obscene Language; Obscenity
  • Spousal Rights
  • Stalking: See Domestic Violence; Violence Against Women Act
  • State Government
  • Statutory Rape: See Consent; Rape
  • Stem Cell Research: See Cloning and Stem Cell Research
  • Sterilization
  • Surgeon General of the U.S.
  • Surrogate Motherhood: See Assisted Reproductive Technology; Infertility
  • Teenagers
  • Telephone sex
  • Television: See Censorship; Federal Communications Commission; Media
  • Title IX
  • Trafficking: See Prostitution; Slavery
  • Transgenderism: See Gender
  • Transexualism
  • Transvestitism
  • Unborn, Rights of
  • Unwed Mothers
  • Victims’ Rights
  • Violence Against Women Act
  • Virginia, U.S. v.
  • Voyeurism
  • Williams v. Williams I&II
  • Women’s Rights
  • Zoning Laws

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