Power

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Dr. Ruth's new look at power and sex throughout history, both heterosexual and homosexual, covers the following intriguing topics: power and male sexual display; the harem, or power behind the scenes; female rulers and sexuality; women using sex to get power; (usually miserable) political alliances; biblical women; and even great romances. Here are John Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis, Jezebel, Samson and Delilah, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Heming; Cleopatra; Eleanor Roosevelt; and ...
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Overview

Dr. Ruth's new look at power and sex throughout history, both heterosexual and homosexual, covers the following intriguing topics: power and male sexual display; the harem, or power behind the scenes; female rulers and sexuality; women using sex to get power; (usually miserable) political alliances; biblical women; and even great romances. Here are John Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis, Jezebel, Samson and Delilah, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Heming; Cleopatra; Eleanor Roosevelt; and countless others in all their glory.
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The authors paint an insightful portrait of how for thousands of years sex has been used to achieve or maintain power.
Publishers Weekly
After authoring countless sex manuals, therapist Westheimer (aka Dr. Ruth) has joined forces with Hebrew University professor Kaplan to explore a slightly more academic (yet still bedroom-related) issue the correlation between sex and power in history. It's a big subject, but that doesn't faze Dr. Ruth, who joyfully delves into the stories of vengeful Old Testament women, harem and concubine women, trophy wives, political marriages, famous mistresses and celebrities from J.F.K., Aristotle Onassis and Eleanor Roosevelt to Cleopatra. While public interest in the prurient details of these figures' lives may be deplorable, that doesn't stop Westheimer from dishing the dirt herself (e.g., her description of Catherine the Great's alleged death, which involved attempting intercourse with a horse). Were this a simple anthology of sexy anecdotes, it might have worked. But instead, Westheimer has cornered herself into drawing a mature conclusion from each of these stories. So the Bible's Ruth secures her future by seducing Boaz, and according to Westheimer, that is not to say that "the end justifies the means" just that all sorts of relationships "have the potential for fulfillment and fruition." If Jefferson did sleep with Hemings, well, that just "humanizes" the president. By the end of the book, Westheimer concludes that history does not show much connection "between power, people's sex lives, and their political or economic successes," although readers may be too confused by then to even notice. For Dr. Ruth fans who are legion only. 16 photos and illus. not seen by PW. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568332307
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America's leading psychosexual therapist, is the author of Sex for Dummies. She lives In New York City. Dr. Steven Kaplan teaches at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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