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Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality

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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.

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Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts. Yet, within half a century, “heterosexual” had become a byword for “normal,” enshrined in law, medicine, psychiatry, and the media as a new gold standard for human experience. With an eclectic scope and fascinating detail, Straight tells the eye-opening story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that turns out to be anything but straight or narrow.

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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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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sexual Disorientation

Chapter One: The Love That Could Not Speak Its Name

Chapter Two: Carnal Knowledge

Chapter Three: Straight Science

Chapter Four: The Marrying Type

Chapter Five: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Chapter Six: The Pleasure Principle

Chapter Seven: Here There Be Dragons

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807044599
Author:
Blank, Hanne
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
8.99 x 6.01 x 0.74 in 0.86 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts. Yet, within half a century, “heterosexual” had become a byword for “normal,” enshrined in law, medicine, psychiatry, and the media as a new gold standard for human experience. With an eclectic scope and fascinating detail, Straight tells the eye-opening story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that turns out to be anything but straight or narrow.

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