Sex Scandal America: Politics & the Ritual of Public Shaming

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Sex Scandal America is a comprehensive history of sexual scandals in America from colonial times, including Pocahontas and the Puritans, to today—few know about this part of George W. Bush's dubious past. The book exposes the scandals of national political figures and celebrities. It ties these scandals to the deeper changes in sexual culture occurring during the various phases of the country's social evolution. Most importantly, it assesses the role of political scandals as a form of public shaming. The book ...
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Overview

Sex Scandal America is a comprehensive history of sexual scandals in America from colonial times, including Pocahontas and the Puritans, to today—few know about this part of George W. Bush's dubious past. The book exposes the scandals of national political figures and celebrities. It ties these scandals to the deeper changes in sexual culture occurring during the various phases of the country's social evolution. Most importantly, it assesses the role of political scandals as a form of public shaming. The book shows how, over the last four centuries, scandals have changed, evolving from a morality tale to an entertainment distraction.
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Politicians are human and have all of the same human flaws. "Sex Scandal America: Politics & the Ritual of Public Shaming" goes over the history of the United States and its flawed politicians from even before the United States existed, with the not-so-pure Puritans. Over the years, sex scandales have changed from cause to hang someone to merely fodder for the likes of Jay Leno. "Sex Scandal America" is a spicy look about how scandals and American culture have changed over the years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978252687
  • Publisher: Key Publishing House Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 9/25/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rosen is a culture and media critic living in New York City. He regularly contributes on sexuality, popular culture, and the media to CounterPunch, Sexuality and Culture, Z Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, FilmInFocus, and Liberty-Watch. He is author of the groundbreaking book, Off-Hollywood: The Making & Marketing of Independent Films.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    At best an average read.

    Did not read well or smoothly. Took a few nuggets of fun material and drowned them in extraneous prose that added nothing but length and time to the story. Overall a disappointment and I would not recommend it.

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