Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America

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A fascinating, hard look at the history of American attitudes toward sex. "A grown-up book about a subject about which we can be astonishingly childish."--Washington Post Book World

A hard look at the history of American attitudes toward sex.

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Overview

A fascinating, hard look at the history of American attitudes toward sex. "A grown-up book about a subject about which we can be astonishingly childish."--Washington Post Book World

A hard look at the history of American attitudes toward sex.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The history of sexuality in the U.S. is not a progressive jump from repression to freedom, the authors maintain. Here, they ``cram into 400 pages balanced discussions of racial sex-stereotyping, Chinese slave rings, abortion, same-sex relationships, women's rights and AIDS-engendered conservatism,'' reported PW. Illustrated. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060915506
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

John D'Emilio

Estelle B. Freedman is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in US History at Stanford University and the author of No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women.

Biography

John D'Emilio is professor of history and of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, from 1995 to 1997 he served as the Founding Director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He is the co-author of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (1997). He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982.

Author biography courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview, D'Emilio shared some fun facts and fascinating insights with us:

"I eat cereal every night before bed, and eat it with orange juice rather than milk. Cheerios and Grape Nuts are my current favorites."

"I won the citywide essay contest of the Archdiocese of New York back in 1961 or 1962, and got written up (I think on the front page, but I'm not sure) in the New York Herald Tribune -- a great paper, now defunct."

"Every time I get a new computer, I have to delete all the games on it because if I didn't, I'd never get anything else done!"

"I make a chicken soup and a tomato sauce that is better than any I've ever had."

"I long for a time again in this country when values of generosity, community, justice, and peacefulness reign."

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    1. Hometown:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bronx, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Columbia University, 1970; Ph.D., 1982

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments Introduction
Part I: The Repoductive Matrix, 1600-1800
1. Cultural Diversity in the Era of Settlement
2. Family Life and the Refulation of Deviance
3. Seeds of Change
Part II: Divided Passions, 1780-1900
4. Within the Family
5. Race and Sexuality
6. Outside the Family
7. Sexual Politics
Part III: Toward a New Sexual Order, 1880-1930
8. "Civilized Morality" Under Stress
9. Crusades for Sexual Order
10. Breaking with the Past
Part IV: The Rise and Fall of Sexual Liberalism, 1920 to the Present
11. Beyond Reproduction
12. Redrawing the Boundaries
13. Sexual Revolutions
14. The Sexualized Society
15. The Contemporary Political Crisis Afterword Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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