Shameless: Sexual Dissidence in American Culture

Shameless: Sexual Dissidence in American Culture

by Arlene Stein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814740278

ISBN-13: 9780814740279

Pub. Date: 07/01/2006

Publisher: New York University Press

Shame, a powerful emotion, leads individuals to feel vulnerable, victimized, rejected. In Shameless, noted scholar and writer Arlene Stein explores American culture's attitudes toward shame and sexuality.

Some say that we live in a world without shame. But American culture is a curious mix of the shameless and the shamers, a seemingly endless

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Shame, a powerful emotion, leads individuals to feel vulnerable, victimized, rejected. In Shameless, noted scholar and writer Arlene Stein explores American culture's attitudes toward shame and sexuality.

Some say that we live in a world without shame. But American culture is a curious mix of the shameless and the shamers, a seemingly endless parade of Pamela Andersons and Jerry Falwells strutting their stuff and wagging their fingers. With thoughtful analysis and wit, Shameless analyzes these clashing visions of sexual morality.

While conservatives have brought back sexual shame—by pushing for abstinence-only sex education, limitations on abortion, and prohibitions of gay/lesbian civil rights—progressives hold out for sexual liberalization and a society beyond “the closet.” As these two Americas compete with one another, the future of family life, the right to privacy, and the very meaning of morality hang in the balance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814740279
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I Up from Shame
1 Shapes of Desire
2 The Year of the Lustful Lesbian
3 Rock against Romance
4 Crossover Dreams: Lesbianism and Popular Music
5 Sisters and Queers: The Decentering of Lesbian Feminism
Part II Shamed Again
6 Revenge of the Shamed: The Christian Right’s Emotional Culture War
7 Whose Memories? Whose Victimhood?
8 Make Room for Daddy: Anxious Masculinity and Emergent Homophobias
Epilogue
Notes
Index
About the Author

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