Synopses & Reviews
As the first full-length study of the history of sexuality in America, Intimate Matters
offered trenchant insights into the sexual behavior of Americans from colonial times to the present. Now, twenty-five years after its first publication, this groundbreaking classic is back in a crucial and updated third edition. With new and extended chapters, DEmilio and Freedman give us an even deeper understanding of how sexuality has dramatically influenced politics and culture throughout our history and into the present. Hailed by critics for its comprehensive approach and noted by the US Supreme Court in the landmark Laurence v. Texas
ruling, this expanded new edition of Intimate Matters
details the changes in sexuality and the ongoing growth of individual freedoms in the United States through meticulous research and lucid prose. Praise for earlier editions
“The book John DEmilio co-wrote with Estelle B. Freedman, Intimate Matters
, was cited by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy when, writing for a majority of court on July 26, he and his colleagues struck down a Texas law criminalizing sodomy. The decision was widely hailed as a victory for gay rights—and it derived in part, according to Kennedy's written comments, from the information he gleaned from this book.”—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
“Fascinating. . . . DEmilio and Freedman marshal their material to chart a gradual but decisive shift in the way Americans have understood sex and its meaning in their lives.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review “With comprehensiveness and care . . . DEmilio and Freedman have surveyed the sexual patterns for an entire nation across four centuries.” —Martin Bauml Duberman, Nation
"This book is remarkable. . . . Intimate Matters
is bound to become the definitive survey of American sexual history for years to come."
About the Author
John D’Emilio is professor of history and of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Policy director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he is author of The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture. Estelle B. Freedman is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University and the author of No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women.