Multiply and Replenish
Mormon Essays on Sex and Family
Brent Corcoran, editor
“Mormonism is well known for its embrace of the family and conservative sexual practices. Yet in the nineteenth century sexual experimentation, especially plural marriage, was the church’s most distinguishing feature. In the twentieth century sexual non-conformity gave way to Victorian respectability as Mormons became assimilated into the American mainstream. This transition, as well as contemporary dichotomies between belief and practice, public and private views, are the subject of the thirteen essays in this anthology, including:
“‘They Shall Be One Flesh’: Sexuality and Contemporary Mormonism” by Romel W. Mackelprang; “Changing Perspectives on Sexuality and Marriage” by Klaus J. Hansen; “‘The Abominable and Detestable Crime against Nature’: A Brief History of Homosexuality and Mormonism, 1840-1980” by Rocky O’Donovan; “Fidelity, Polygamy, and Celestial Marriage” by Eugene England; “Single Cursedness: An Overview of LDS Authorities’ Statements about Unmarried People” by Marybeth Raynes and Erin Parsons; and “In Defense of Mormon Erotica” by Levi S. Peterson
Brent Corcoran is the author of Park City Underfoot: Self-Guided Tours, co-author of Wilford Woodruff’s Journals: An Index, and author of a forthcoming article, “Thomas Taylor and the Nineteenth-century Utah Iron Industry” in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.