Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality

Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality

by Hanne Blank
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Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality by Hanne Blank

A sweeping history of heterosexuality—from its origins in nineteenth-century Germany to the court cases and controversies of today.
 
Heterosexuality is not a fact of nature, it’s a nineteenth-century invention, only about as old as the traffic light.  In this surprising chronicle, historian Hanne Blank digs deep into the past of sexual orientation while simultaneously exploring its contemporary psyche. Illuminating the hidden patterns in centuries of events and trends, Blank shows how culture creates and manipulates the ways we think about and experience desire, love, and relationships between men and women.  Ranging from Henry VIII to testicle transplants, Disneyland to sodomy laws, and Moby Dick to artificial insemination, the history of heterosexuality turns out to be anything but straight or narrow. With an eclectic scope and fascinating detail, Straight tells the eye-opening story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that is all too often assumed to be an irreducible fact of biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807044438
Publisher: Beacon
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Hanne Blank is a writer, historian, and public speaker whose work has been featured everywhere from Out to Penthouse. An independent scholar, she is the author of Virgin: The Untouched History and seven other books that explore the intersections of sexuality, gender, the body, and culture. She has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women, as well as an instructor, guest lecturer, and visiting speaker at colleges and universities, including Tufts, Brandeis, and Johns Hopkins.

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Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AP100 More than 1 year ago
The book is well written, so it is read as a novel rather than a gender study. It is well researched and follows evolution of definitions of gender, marriage, sex etc in society. Lovely read
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