IBNA- ‘The American Sex Revolution’ (1956), a seminal book by Russian-American sociologist Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968), Chairman of Department of Sociology, Harvard University has been published in Persian.
‘The American Sex Revolution’ has been translated into Persian by Rouhollah Gol-Moradi and has been released by Arma Publishing in the Iranian city of Isfahan, in 232 pages.
In ‘Sex Revolution’ Sorokin argues that any significant change in the patterns of courtship; marriage; premarital, marital, and extramarital sexual relationships; and care of children would have significant consequences for society.
Following J. D. Unwin's ‘Sex and Culture’, Sorokin asserts that societies tend to blossom, be creative, and grow when the sexual mores favor exclusivity, monogamy, fidelity, responsibility, and family stability.
Conversely, when mores encourage permissiveness, sexual exploration, serial monogamy, easy divorce, and brief and changeable family relationships (particularly with children), then societies become unstable and alienating, and they decline.
Sex Revolution was the result of one of Sorokin's most popular articles. As he noted in the preface: “The appearance of this little book is due to a voluminous reaction of the readers to my article, 'The Case Against Sex Freedom," published in This Week Magazine, January 3, 1954.
“The write-up was reprinted in several magazines [and] excerpts from it were reproduced in a number of other periodicals. The article was translated and published in several foreign countries... Finally, a sizeable stream of letters... has come to the author.
At least ninety per cent of these . . . have expressed the wish that the author publish a more developed version of the article [fori the intelligent lay-reader. This book is my answer to these suggestions. "Intending it for a popular audience, Sorokin kept the format and language of the book nontechnical."
He also believed that many readers would be displeased because his analysis was inimical to prevailing opinion. Thus the book might meet either an unfriendly or a "silent reception" from the partisans of sexual freedom.
His thesis was that America was undergoing a sexual revolution that threatened the continued moral growth and vitality of American culture. As evidence he cites the increasing rates of divorce and desertion, the growth of single-parent households, a decline in fertility, poor adjustment to and rising unhappiness with marriage, less attention to children, more adultery and infidelity, increasing promiscuity and illegitimate births, exploding numbers of sex crimes, and a growing preoccupation with sex. These changes in primary relationships had been accompanied by a growing sexualization of American culture, media, art, literature, music, and political life.