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The Shere Hite Reader: New and Selected Writings on Sex, Globalization and Private Lifeby Shere Hite
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"In this fascinating exploration, [The Shere Hite Reader] moves beyond the clichs of what pleases men and women and explores how attitudes on sex and pleasure have evolved and continue to evolve."-Booklist
"Hite's work has left an indelible mark on Western civilization."-Reuters
"Western society owes a debt to Shere Hite it can well nigh never repay."-London Telegraph
"Her famous Hite Reports have transformed the way we look at sex and sexuality."-Marie Claire
The Shere Hite Readerpresents wide-ranging analysis of the individual and society from a renowned thinker on psychosexual development. The book includes new science in addition to previously published material, reflecting Hite's three decades of work probing the roots of human identity.
Hite discusses new research on female adolescence, challenging the "virgin"hymen concept and documenting the fact that sexual awakening often precedes puberty. For the first time, Hite formalizes her thinking on male adolescence-that boys feel tortured by the new social role they are forced to assume at puberty, which requires a show of superiority toward females. In new detail, Hite advances her understanding that sex is political, linking the expectation that women achieve orgasm through coitus with broader patterns of oppression. Hite also argues that pornography misrepresents male (not to mention female) sexuality, depicting it as singular and silly instead of "full of intriguing, nuanced behavior involving the entire body, not just the penis."
While Hite has published several books in Europe over the past decade, The Shere Hite Readerrepresents her return to print in the United States. The authoritative collection of her work, The Shere Hite Readerchallenges the reader to embrace a new way of seeing.
"Somewhere between social science and pop sexology, this volume collects 40 years' worth of Hite's writings on the role of sex in our individual identities and our culture. Hite, a controversial figure when she emerged in the 1970s as an outspoken sex educator and feminist, has revised and condensed her best-known works as well as shorter essays and unpublished writings. Most of the book is founded on Hite's interviews and surveys of thousands of Americans, and while some have criticized her methodology, Hite's work is most compelling when she stands back and lets her respondents speak, openly grappling with the nuances and motivations of their sexual practices. Many of Hite's earlier conclusions seem surprisingly mundane (perhaps a testament to how far we've come in recent decades), and her more recent analysis of globalization and sex lacks the solid empirical foundation of previous Hite reports. By flattening decades of work into a single volume without offering the context in which that work emerged or its subsequent impact, the volume leaves readers with a general sense of the scope and breadth of Hite's ideas, but no greater understanding of where they fit in the big picture of research on human sexuality. Agent, Fifi Oscard. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The Hite Report, originally published in 1976, was a sexual revolution in 600 pages. Further developing her innovative use of questionnaires in cultural research, Shere Hite went on to publish several books on the subjects of sex, gender, patriarchy, and the family. Five Hite Reports appeared in all. The Shere Hite Reader is an overview of all five Hite Reports, drawing from the author's four later books not published in the U.S. This comprehensive study addresses subjects as diverse as female orgasm, images of men in pornography, development of gender identity via the sexual socialization of children, and global terrorism and politics - all analyzed in the author's rigorous yet readable style.
In this, the authoritative collection of her work, Shere Hite challenges the reader to a new way of seeing. Includes fresh theories on pornography and male sexuality; on the so-called "female Viagra"; on sex and globalization; and much more in addition to previously published material, on everything from the G-spot myth to the Oedipus question to the mechanics of female orgasm.
Dr. Hite's revolutionary work on human sexuality, with new essays on current politics and sexuality.
An overview of all the the works of Shere Hite.
The Shere Hite Reader presents wide-ranging analysis on the individual and society from a renowned thinker on psychosexual development. The book includes new science in addition to previously published material, reflecting Hite's three decades of work probing the roots of human identity through questionnaires and theory.
For the first time Hite formalizes her thinking on male adolescence, that boys feel tortured by the new social role they are forced to assume at puberty requiring a show of superiority toward females. In new detail Hite advances her understanding that sex is political, linking the expectation on women to achieve orgasm through coitus with broader patterns of oppression. Hite discusses new research on female adolescence, challenging the "virgin" hymen concept, and documenting that sexual awakening often precedes puberty. Hite also argues that pornography misrepresents male sexuality (not to mention female sexuality), depicting it as singular and silly instead of "full of intriguing, nuanced behavior involving the entire body, not just the penis."
The authoritative collection of her work, The Shere Hite Reader challenges the reader to a new way of seeing.
About the Author
The preeminent historian today of the sexual lives of everyday women (and men), Shere Hite is a pioneering feminist and postfeminist thinker. Her most famous book is The Hite Report, and she is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Corriere della Sera, and El Pais, among many others.
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