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From the Publisher"As this provocative study shows, the idea of rights in the self and bodily integrity is a historically new notion, and the historical construction of women's sexual self is part of this broader process. As Haag skillfully teases out of her 19th- and 20th-century case studies, the notion of personal rights and personhood emerged slowly. . . .This is an excellent book for nonhistorians interested in sexual politics and for historians interested in ideas of selfhood, power, and social/civil rights. It will be a major resource for graduate courses in feminist theory in a variety of disciplines."—Choice. May 2, 2000.
"Haag's historical arguments are fascinating and clearly important, and her work offers crucial insights to feminist theorists and activists and to scholars engaged in writing histories of sexuality. . . This is an important book, and it deserves to be widely read."—Beth Bailey, University of New Mexico. The Journal of American History, December 2000
"A crucial contribution to our understanding of how race, sex, and class are inextricably intertwined in sexual politics"—Renee Heberle, Hypatia, Summer 2002
"With the publication of this book, no worthwhile discussion of the history of heterosexuality, sexual violence, or consent can occur without drawing on Pamela Haag's arguments, which recast these topics in new terms. Her juxtapositions of political and sexual ideologies are breathtaking. She also provides a significant challenge to conventional treatments of American liberalism and individualism."—Martha Minow, Harvard Law School
"This book makes a substantial contribution to perhaps the most important and as yet understudied project among historians of sexuality: the history of heterosexuality. The variety of evidence that Pamela Haag brings to this project-including the records of seduction trials, the works of liberal theorists, and popular fiction-is dazzling."—Regina Kunzel, Williams College