- Paperback: 466 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (February 28, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226142647
- ISBN-13: 978-0226142647
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America 2nd Edition
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The book itself provides a broad descriptive introduction to the history of sexuality and reproduction from the colonial era to the present, but also presents a clear argument that is easy to follow. The authors claim that sexuality in America has gone through three distinct phases, from family governed sexuality in the colonial era, to privatized but conservative sexuality in the nineteenth century, to our era of comparative sexual freedom, often governed by consumerist values, in the twentieth century. Beyond that, it is simply fun to read.
The book does use language that might be considered objectionable by some, but these words are quoted directly from contemporary historical sources. They help to give an honest impression of the way sexuality was discussed in the past. It is a very good book.
Beginning just before the foundation of the colonies, this book walks us step-by-step through the history of sexuality in America. D'Emilio and Freedman provide direct primary quotes from the individuals who were experiencing the sexual norms in each time period. They also provide interesting and enlightening anecdotes, court cases, laws, and images which help us to better understand the history of sexuality in America.
This book will help you to better understand the origin of puritan thoughts on sex in America and beyond. It does exactly what it purports to do in the clear, concise prose of historians who know their stuff.
There is plenty of interesting information here, ranging from the sexual practices of the early colonists to grassroots campaigns to censor sexually explicit literature. The authors capitalize on a wide variety of evidence, citing both quantitative and qualitative research to buttress their arguments. "Intimate Matters" is an important contribution to a neglected area of historical inquiry, and offers readers important insight into how economic and cultural forces shape, and are shaped by, human sexuality.
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Published in 1988, this is fundamentally a textbook-like tome with little direct application to the daily joys and trials of marriage and family life. Read morePublished on October 22, 2008 by HomeBuilding
"Intimate Matters" is a survey of the changing sexual attitudes in American history from the Puritans through the 19th century to our contemporary society. Read morePublished on October 4, 2006 by Chris Luallen
The authors did an excellent job of writing and presenting an accurate description of sexual practices in our country, including its history - obviously, an extremely difficult... Read morePublished on October 22, 2004 by R. Maynard