Sex Scandal America: Politics & the Ritual of Public Shaming

Sex Scandal America: Politics & the Ritual of Public Shaming

by David Rosen
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 shows how, over the last four centuries, scandals have changed, evolving from a morality tale to an entertainment distraction.

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Midwest Book Review
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780978252687
Publisher:
Key Publishing House Incorporated, The
Publication date:
09/25/2009
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Chris Carlsson
"In Sex Scandal America: Politics & the Ritual of Public Shaming, David Rosen gives us remarkable insight into the past quarter century's culture wars, perhaps subsiding now, but always ready to rise like a vampire at a future moment of insecurity and uncertainty.
Tearing away the veils, pulling up the sheets, and opening the closet doors, Rosen examines sexual hypocrisy and the exploding culture of consensual kink in historical context. Rarely is a writer as adept at moving from past to present, inside to outside, behind closed doors to the public arena, to reveal the gnarly reality of our sexually confused culture."--(Chris Carlsson, author, Nowtopia; Director, Shaping San Francisco)
Susan Block
"David Rosen writes about sex in America - the comedy, the tragedy and the hypocrisy - with incisive brilliance and compassion. He is one of the foremost writers on sex and society today, stripping away the masks and getting down to the naked flesh of human sexual politics and morality, for the benefit and delight of his readers."--(Dr. Susan Block, Founder, Institute for the Erotic Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles)

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