Hite Report on the Family: Growing up under Patriarchy

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The Hite Report on the Family will cause you to rethink your childhood, your relationships, and quite possibly your life. It is a powerful and original analysis of the changing shape of private life, a profoundly optimistic and forward-looking answer to the dangerous nuclear-family-only nostalgia for the fifties that pervades the ongoing national debate on family values. Shere Hite has listened carefully to the real stories of real people and has developed a fascinating new framework for understanding growing up,...
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The Hite Report on the Family will cause you to rethink your childhood, your relationships, and quite possibly your life. It is a powerful and original analysis of the changing shape of private life, a profoundly optimistic and forward-looking answer to the dangerous nuclear-family-only nostalgia for the fifties that pervades the ongoing national debate on family values. Shere Hite has listened carefully to the real stories of real people and has developed a fascinating new framework for understanding growing up, based on first-person data rather than on a preconceived model or status quo. In this book, Hite becomes the first person to give theoretical legitimacy to all of the infinite ways that we live as "families," whether as single parents, as same-sex parents, in traditional family groups, or alone. In The Hite Report on the Family Hite challenges established views, arguing that the family is not collapsing but being democratized. Hite introduces a new theory of male eroticism by investigating why so many men and boys confuse sex and violence; she presents a lively new portrait of girls questioning their own sexual identity; and she confounds assumptions of a female "puberty" necessarily parallel to the male. Her questions are provocative and intimate: Do you know how your parents felt about having you? Did your father or mother look at pornography? At what age were your children closest to you? Do men raised by single mothers enjoy better relationships with women? Has children's respect for their mothers increased with the rise in single and employed mothers? With The Hite Report on the Family Shere Hite lights the way to understanding change in the family as the constructive result of choice - not as a moral crisis, but as a successful evolution toward private democracy.

Based on replies to a survey completed by over 3,000 children and adults in 16 countries--50 percent from the U.S.--Hite's report concludes that recent changes in the family--especially increased divorce rates--do not signal a crisis. Instead, they are evidence that the family is finally being democratized.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hite's latest sex report, based on some 3000 questionnaires completed by children and adults in 16 countries (50% from the U.S.), focuses on the child's developing psychosexual identity and the impact of this process on adulthood. Her guiding theme is that the patriarchal family is outmoded, sexist and authoritarian and suppresses openness between children and parents about the body. Unlike critics who decry a breakdown of the traditional nuclear family, Hite argues that the rise of diverse new family structures signals a democratizing of the family and a growing concern for women's and children's rights. Her respondents' testimonies, organized around specific themes, touch on all manner of taboo subjects (e.g., the link between childhood spankings and adult sadomasochistic fantasies; parents' erotic feelings for their children; sexual play between boys). For most children, Hite claims, growing up in single-parent families is beneficial, particularly for boys raised by their mothers. A manifesto masquerading as a scientific report, her in-depth, unusually frank survey gives voice to some of the most closely guarded secrets and feelings of women, men, girls and boys struggling to define themselves sexually. 50,000 first printing; first serial to Ms. (March-April cover story); author tour. (May)
Library Journal
Hite, author of controversial reports on male and female sexuality, attempts to examine the contemporary family structure in this new study. Using data from 3000 questionnaires distributed in 16 countries, she concludes that the traditional family structure is a repressive patriarchy based on the Jesus-Mary-Joseph religious icon. Hite encourages democratization of this structure with equality for males and females, but the data, presented in narrative form as quotations from responses to the questionnaire, do not support her thesis well. Appendixes full of praise from colleagues make the study appear weak. Hite seems unaware of the many changes occurring in the family life; Stephanie Coontz's The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (LJ 9/15/92) is a better view of this subject. Although the views on family relations and sexuality expressed in the questionnaires make interesting reading, there is little scholarship here. Still, libraries may want to add this title because of Hite's popularity. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/95.]-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802134516
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Research and Methodology
Introduction 1
Pt. I Memories of Early Childhood 3
Ch. 1 The Eroticism of the Mother 5
Ch. 2 Violent Physical Intimacy 32
Pt. II Growing Up Female: Why No Daughter Icon? 55
Ch. 3 Girls' Secret Sexuality and Identity Age Five - Twelve 59
Ch. 4 The Split Self: Girls' New Sexual Identity Outside the Family Age Ten - Nineteen 100
Ch. 5 Mothers and Daughters: Lovers and Strangers 137
Ch. 6 Girls and Fathers 180
Pt. III Growing Up Male: The Mysterious Meaning of the Game 229
Ch. 7 Boys Learn To Be "Men" 233
Ch. 8 Leaving the Mother 254
Ch. 9 Eroticism and Betrayal of the Mother 270
Ch. 10 Boys Discover Sexuality Age Ten - Nineteen 281
Ch. 11 Boys and Their Father: Distance and Longing 321
Pt. IV Democratization of the Family: A Renaissance for the West 343
Hite Research Questionnaire on the Family 377
Appendices 387
Index 413
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