Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Overview


As the first full-length study of the history of sexuality in America, Intimate Matters offered trenchant insights into the sexual behavior of Americans from colonial times to the present. Now, twenty-five years after its first publication, this groundbreaking classic is back in a crucial and updated third edition. With new and extended chapters, D’Emilio and Freedman give us an even deeper understanding of how sexuality has dramatically influenced politics and culture throughout our history and into the present.
 
Hailed by critics for its comprehensive approach and noted by the US Supreme Court in the landmark Laurence v. Texas ruling, this expanded new edition of Intimate Matters details the changes in sexuality and the ongoing growth of individual freedoms in the United States through meticulous research and lucid prose.
 
Praise for earlier editions
“The book John D’Emilio co-wrote with Estelle B. Freedman, Intimate Matters, was cited by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy when, writing for a majority of court on July 26, he and his colleagues struck down a Texas law criminalizing sodomy. The decision was widely hailed as a victory for gay rights—and it derived in part, according to Kennedy's written comments, from the information he gleaned from this book.”—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

“Fascinating. . . . D’Emilio and Freedman marshal their material to chart a gradual but decisive shift in the way Americans have understood sex and its meaning in their lives.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review
 
“With comprehensiveness and care . . . D’Emilio and Freedman have surveyed the sexual patterns for an entire nation across four centuries.” —Martin Bauml Duberman, Nation

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

"This book is remarkable. . . . Intimate Matters is bound to become the definitive survey of American sexual history for years to come."

— Ray Porter

Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences - Ray Porter

"This book is remarkable. . . . Intimate Matters is bound to become the definitive survey of American sexual history for years to come."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226923802
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 415,663
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John D'Emilio

John D’Emilio is professor of history and of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Policy director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he is author of The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture. Estelle B. Freedman is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. 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

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