Book cover of 'Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century'
Views on sex have ebbed and flowed in the U.S. even before we became a country. The Puritans in the 17th Century tried to legislate sex and morality, punishing those who deviated from the prescribed sexual mores. Things loosened up somewhat in the mid-18th Century during the time of the American Revolution. This pattern followed for the next 200 years and always at the center was the role of government in regulating sex. In his new book Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century, scholar and University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone takes a deep dive into the social, political and religious history of attitudes towards sexual behavior. Stone talks about the links between Ancient Greek and today’s views on sex. And the role the Constitution has played in more recent times.