American Sexual Politics: Sex, Gender, and Race since the Civil War

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Overview

Enacted by reformers, radicals, and reactionaries, the drama of American sexual politics since the Civil War is as diverse and unpredictable as the nation's citizenry. In this collection of sixteen essays, the shifting tensions between sexual reform and repression are seen in historical explorations of men's and women's sexuality, of the sexual-social dynamics of lesbians and gay men, of the violent repression of African-American sexuality. The broad range of methodological approaches and perspectives make this multidisciplinary anthology an exciting contribution to the history of sexuality.

Included are Anthony S. Parent, Jr., and Susan Brown Wallace on childhood and sexual identity under slavery; Martha Hodes on white women and Black men in the South; Kevin J. Mumford on male sexual impotence and Victorian Culture; Jesse F. Battan on language, authority, and sexual desire; Joan Smith Iversen on the antipolygamy controversy, 1880-1890; Angus McLaren on sex radicalism in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, 1890-1920; Pamela S. Haag on ideologies of love, modern romance, and women's sexual subjectivity; Ann duCille on the novels of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen; Robyn Wiegman on the anatomy of lynching; Sonya Michel on sexuality in postwar films; Carole Joffe on abortion before legalization; Roy Cain on disclosure and secrecy among gay men; Joshua Gamson on condoms; Lillian Faderman on the return of butch and femme; Katherine Cummings on teaching AIDS; and Arthur Flannigan-Saint-Aubin on "black gay male" discourse.

This diverse overview of American sexual politics will interest students and scholars of the history of sexuality, gender studies, women's studies, and gay studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226257853
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press Journals
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction
John C. Fout

Part 1: from the Victorians to the Flappers

Childhood and Sexual Identity under Slavery
Anthony S. Parent, Jr., and Susan Brown Wallace

The Sexualization of Reconstruction Politics: White Women and Black Men in the South after the Civil War
Martha Hodes

"Lost Manhood" Found: Male Sexual Impotence and Victorian Culture in the United States
Kevin J. Mumford

"The Word Made Flesh": Language, Authority, and Sexual Desire in Late Nineteenth-Century America
Jesse F. Battan

A debate on the American Home: The Antipolygamy Contrversy, 1880-1890
Joan Smyth Iversen

Sex Radicalism in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, 1890-1920
Angus McLaren

In Search of the "Real Thing": Ideologies of Love, Modern Romance, and Women's Sexual Subjectivity in the United States, 1920-1940
Pamela S. Haag

Blue Notes on Black Sexuality: Sex and the texts of Jesse Fauset and Nella Larsen
Ann duCille

Part 2: Sexual Politics and Sexual Radicals since the 1940s

The Anatomy of Lynching
Robyn Weigman

Danger on the Home Front: Motherhood, Sexuality, and Disabled Veterans in American Postwar Films
Sonya Michel

Portraits of Three "Physicians of Conscience": Abortion before Legalization in the United States
Carole Joffe

Disclosure and secrecy among Gay Men in the United States and Canada: A Shift in Views
Roy Cain

Rubber Wars: Struggles over the Condom in the United States
Joshua Gamson

The Return of Butch and Femme: A Phenomenon in Lesbian Sexuality of the 1980s and 1990s
Lillian Faderman

Of Purebreds and Hybrids: The Politics of Teaching AIDS in the United States
Katherine Cummings

"Black Gay Male" Discourse: Reading Race and Sexuality between the Lines
Arthur Flanningan-Saitn-Aubin

Notes on Contributors

Index

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