Twentieth-Century Sexuality: A History / Edition 1

Twentieth-Century Sexuality: A History / Edition 1

by Angus McLaren
     
 

This book provides a fascinating history of sexuality in twentieth-century Europe and North America. Angus McLaren draws upon legal, medical and literary sources to demonstrate how modern sexuality has been shaped by race, class, gender and generational preoccupations. He explores why the century was punctuated by sexual panics over a range of issues from abortion,

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This book provides a fascinating history of sexuality in twentieth-century Europe and North America. Angus McLaren draws upon legal, medical and literary sources to demonstrate how modern sexuality has been shaped by race, class, gender and generational preoccupations. He explores why the century was punctuated by sexual panics over a range of issues from abortion, contraception and marital disharmony to frigidity, homosexuality and AIDS. By scrutinizing the activities of sexologists, psychoanalysts, eugenicists, feminists and fascists - as well as the ordinary men and women they sought to influence - this book tracks the shifting meanings the western world has given to sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631208136
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Family, Sexuality and Social Relations in Past Times Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. 'The Cult of the Clitoris': Sexual Panics and the First World War.

2. 'Hypersexual Youths': Premarital Sex and the Sex Educators.

3. 'Selfish Beasts': Marriage Manuals and the Eroticization of Marriage.

4. 'Race Suicide': Birth Control, Abortion and Family Stability.

5. 'Perverts': Mannish Women, Effeminate Men and the Sex Doctors.

6. 'Frigidity': Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalysis and Gender.

7. 'Compulsory Heterosexuality': Eugenicists, Fascists and Nazis.

8. 'Surveying Sex': From Alfred C. Kinsey to Hugh Hefner.

9. 'Sexual Revolution?': the Pill, Permissiveness and Politics.

10. 'Backlash': AIDS and the Sexual Counter-revolution.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Index.

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