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Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America Hardcover – April 1, 1988

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From Publishers Weekly

The history of sexuality in the U.S. is not a progressive jump from repression to freedom, the authors maintain. Instead, sexuality has been continually remolded in each era, reflecting the dictates of economics, family structure and politics. This interpretive framework lends coherence to a sweeping survey peopled with anti-prostitution crusaders and free-love advocates, celibate Shakers and swingers, vice cops and sexologists. Today's commercialized sexuality, promising personal fulfillment through intimate relations, is contrasted with the family-centered, reproductive sexuality of the prudish New England colonists who nevertheless produced bastards and engaged in adultery, sodomy and rape. The authors cram into 400 pages balanced discussions of racial sex-stereotyping, Chinese slave rings, abortion, same-sex relationships, women's rights and AIDS-engendered conservatism. D'Emilio is the author of Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities; Freedman wrote The Lesbian Issue. Illustrations.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

An irony of historical writing is that sexualityone of the most important factors in everyone's livesis perhaps the least discussed. Gender relations, the purpose of sexual intercourse, and the meaning of marriage shape the daily lives of most adults, yet historians often ignore such matters. Now this oversight is rectified by an excellent survey of sexuality in America from colonial days to the 1980s. The commercialization of sex, its use as a means of social control, and the search for its place in our lives are presented here clearly and readably. Highly recommended for most academic and public libraries. Pat Ensor, Indiana State Univ. Lib., Terre Haute
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Harper and Row; 1st edition (April 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060158557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060158552
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a compilation of the history of sexual matters and mannerisms in America from the very beginning of our country to the present. Written so as to make matters understandable and not just a dry, boring history book,
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