Unless it's money or power (and they are arguably closely related), the thing about which American society is the most screwed up is sex. It's hard for me to imagine how to do anything about this other than to educate people better and from the ealiest possible age that makes any sense. I think this can begin as early as three, when kids start naming their own body parts.
It's a mystery to me why anyone would resist the notion that good sex education should be a part of the regular school curriculum, since it's so important and so many home scenes are woefully poorly equipped to deal with such issues. The advent of HIV has certainly raised the importance of giving sex education a much higher priority than it has had heretofore. Other valid issues have existed for a very long time, high among them teenage pregnancy, the whole question of parenting before one is mature or stable enough to take on such responsibility, and of course the older, less lethal but still very serious sexually transmitted diseases.
But possibly more important than any of these is the inherently unequal and sexist gender stereotyping that I believe gives rise to many sexual pathologies, including notably sexual obsessions and such violent psychodramas as rape and other kinds of violence against women and men imaged as inferiors.
There's something very basically amiss in the society that does not automatically accord respect and equal sovereignty to every person, irrespective of gender. Good sex education could do a lot to address all these issues.
[to be continued]