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Sexing the Media

How and Why We Do It

Debra L. Merskin

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Chapter 1. The Puritan Sex Ethic


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I regard sex as the central problem of life.… [T]he question of sex—with the racial questions that rest on it—stands before the coming generations as the chief problem for solution. Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex—so, at least, it seems to me.

—ELLIS (1897)

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