The Janus Report on Sexual Behavior
Explicit, detailed and authoritative, it challenges sexual myths by presenting revealing details about aspects of American sex, separating facts from fiction and anxiety. Nine years of research, interviews and mass questionnaire results document how the influence of education, age, sex, religion, politics, marital status, income and regions of the country affect sexual practices and attitudes.
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In the tradition of Kinsey and Masters & Johnson - an exhaustive survey/interpretation of sex in America. The husband-and-wife Januses (he: Psychology/New York Medical College and The Death of Innocence, 1981, etc.; she: formerly, Obstetrics/University of Virginia) scatter 280 tables between their covers, but the text itself is eminently readable, consisting primarily of an intelligent and informed discussion of the answers provided by 2,765 respondents to a questionnaire. In addition, the authors conducted 125 in-depth interviews, quoted at length. So what's new? Nothing too earthshaking - AIDS has made an impact (though "more respondents reported increased sex activity in the past 3 years than reported decreased sex activity"); sex among "postmature" (i.e., 65+) individuals is prevalent; many Americans experiment sexually one way or another, but monogamous sex seems to be the norm; the weirdest sex practices remain taboo ("Necrophilia is rare. Almost universally, Americans regard it as objectionable and firmly reject it"); religious beliefs, more often than not, don't impede sexual practices (69% of Catholic women reported using contraceptives); men, generally, are more sexually adventurous than women ("14% of men 65 and over reported daily sexual activity," the authors tell us, "compared to only 1% of women in that age group"). And so on - with every ramification (political, economic, religious, etc.), permutation, and mutation of sex queried and talked about at length - making this not only a serious sociological study but also a likely wellspring for talk-show and other media fodder: Expect high interest. (Kirkus Reviews)