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Dennis Altman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226016061

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.001.0001

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Squaring the Circle: The Battle for “Traditional” Morality

Squaring the Circle: The Battle for “Traditional” Morality

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(p.138) Nine Squaring the Circle: The Battle for “Traditional” Morality
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Global Sex
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.003.0009

There seems to be a remarkably widespread belief that we are living through a period of collapsing moral values. There have been calls for a return to moral conservatism in the United States from the Christian right and movements such as True Love Waits, which since 1993 has sought to pledge teenagers to abstain from premarital sex. Central to all forms of fundamentalism is a view of the world in which there is no room for uncertainty or ambiguity, and a hostility to what is seen as foreign and cosmopolitan threats to an imagined national or ethnic identity. Often national and religious identities are linked to a particular view of women, who are both venerated as the defenders of moral purity and feared for their sexuality, which risks escaping total male control.

Keywords:   moral values, morality, Christian right, premarital sex, fundamentalism, sexuality, religious identity

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