Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex / Edition 1

Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex / Edition 1

by Linda Hirshman, Jane Larson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195134206

ISBN-13: 9780195134209

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Men and women have always bargained for sex. In Hard Bargains, philosopher-lawyer Linda Hirshman and legal historian Jane Larson provide the first complete analysis of power in heterosexual relationships, combining an eye-opening legal history of sexual regulation with thought-provoking predictions of what the future might bring.
Hirshman and Larson tell a

Overview

Men and women have always bargained for sex. In Hard Bargains, philosopher-lawyer Linda Hirshman and legal historian Jane Larson provide the first complete analysis of power in heterosexual relationships, combining an eye-opening legal history of sexual regulation with thought-provoking predictions of what the future might bring.
Hirshman and Larson tell a riveting tale that spans the centuries—from early accounts of adulterers hanging from the gibbet, to the impact of the Kinsey Reports and Hugh Hefner's playboy philosophy, to the 1960s judge who argued in favor of sex with eleven-year-olds. The book examines the factors that have shaped our notions of sex, from Catholic teaching to the theories of Sigmund Freud, and it explores the Supreme Court decisions of the last few decades that revolutionized the politics of sex. And Hard Bargains not only provides a deep understanding of historical and current disputes, it also offers striking predictions of what sexual bargaining will look like in the future—rape laws replaced by laws of sexual autonomy, adultery subjected to breach of contract action, fornicators responsible for each other's rent, prostitution considered an unfair labor practice. These are a few of the surprising—and surprisingly workable—solutions the authors foresee in the 21st century.
Hard Bargains takes a forthright and level-headed look at all aspects of one of the biggest controversies in contemporary American society—heterosexual sex—and delivers a radically new perspective on the sexual lives of women and men.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134209
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: Sex in Public
PART 1: THE ORIGINS OF HARD BARGAINS
2. The Possibilities of Theory
3. Rediscovering Early Worlds
4. American Beginnings
PART 2: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIRTUE
5. Female Virtue and Public Order
6. Challenging the Republic of Virtue
7. Equal Freedom versus Equal Commitment
PART 3: THE RISE AND FALL OF LIBERTINISM
8. The Origins of Libertinism
9. The Law Catches Up
10. The Libertine Regime
11. There's No Such Thing As Free Love
PART 4: HARD BARGAINS
12. The Rules of the Game
13. Hard Bargains
14. Conclusion
Index

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