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  • SubGenre:History & Theory
  • Language:English
  • Pages:74
  • Paperback ISBN:9780984552436

Sex in Politics

The Primer

by Melvyn Lurie, M.D.

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Sex In Politics, Dr. Lurie’s latest book, explains how sex influences politics. It covers why sex, how sex, and where sex is embedded in the America political system. The biological, genetically programmed reproductive role of women in the nest is manifest in politics as support for those who cannot care for themselves. They are comfortable spending for them, as for their children. Biologically, they keep the nest comfortable for the children, make sure all of them survive, and prepare them for the real world. These mainly genetically programmed functions are manifest in politics in environmental cleanliness, equality despite inequality, and education. The biological survival role of men is to acquire resources outside the nest for his offspring. It is manifest in politics in a focus on jobs and the economy. Their survival role of protecting the nest is manifest in a focus on military strength and crime fighting.
This book is a primer. It minimizes the descriptions of the science its conclusions are based on. It briefly describes what is essential to human nature, after the complexities of culture are subtracted out. It also only briefly describes how human nature separates on gender roles determined by the sexual process. In abbreviated form, it tells the story of life, from animals to us, and from us as individuals to us as members of society. It shows how politics, the basics of politics, is related to sex. The rest of politics is nothing more—or less—than variations on our . . . genes! It focuses on sex as it relates to today’s American political world. However, it uses the influence of sex on politics as a clue to explain where we might be in the Civilization Cycle, which describes the rise and fall of civilizations. It makes the point that in order to understand history, we must understand the basics of biology underlying it. Chapter 1, Sex In Politics, opens with a listing of political functions as they derive from basic human sexual functions. It shows how the Democratic Party promotes Inside the Nest policies and styles, while the Republican Party promotes Outside the Nest ones. It shows how the sexual roles of men and women align with these functions and policies. The rest of this book explains how this came to be. Chapter 2, Before Sex, describes how limited life was before sex came along. The life imperatives of survival and reproduction are laid out, as is the way natural selection works. Chapter 3, Sex, describes the advantages of sex. Chapter 4, The Birds and The Bees, shows how a look at simple species can help us sort out what is truly fundamental about us humans. Chapter 5, Sexual Positions, explains the primacy of survival. Chapter 6, Group Sex, describes sex in species closer to us, the primates. Chapter 7, Better Than Sex, shows how genes are not the only things that determine the human ability to cope with the demands of life. Chapter 8, It’s All In The Mind, shows how the mind works. It shows how the different brain wiring of men and women are suited to their biological roles—and how this has affected politics today. Chapter 9, Love and Marriage, describes how pleasure, pain, and anxiety relate to survival and reproduction, and, ultimately, society and politics. Chapter 10, A Vas Deferens, focuses more on biological differences between men and women. Chapter 11, After Sex, describes the big picture of human reproduction. Chapter 12, Sex In The Family, shows what happens to us in the first few years of life, and how this affects politics. Chapter 13, Sex and Communism, shows how communism, despite failing in its goal of abundance, has a profound allure. Chapter 14, Liberals and Conservatives, discusses the underlying meanings of these two positions and their relationship to the reproductive and survival necessities of life. Chapter 15, The Civilization Cycle, describes where we are in this cycle, as indicated by the current political alignment.
About the author
Dr. Lurie is an honors graduate of Harvard Medical School, where he won the Reznick Research Prize for his work at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He has taught medical students at Harvard and Tufts and consulted to industry and government. He has served as an expert witness to the legal profession. Dr. Lurie has practiced psychiatry for over 30 years. His patients have ranged from senior executives and law partners to the criminally insane and psychotic homeless. He has been involved in local politics for over 15 years, running for elective office, serving on local boards, and speaking at legislative town meetings.
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