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The invention of heterosexuality

Author: Jonathan Katz
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©1995.
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"This boldly original work reexamines our society's basic heterosexual/homosexual distinction - focusing on the evolution of the term heterosexual, which, as this study demonstrates, only entered our language a little more than a hundred years ago, ushering in a new way of dividing up and judging sexuality and people." "Exploring the startling history of the heterosexual concept, Jonathan Ned Katz reveals that as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Katz, Jonathan, 1938-
Invention of heterosexuality.
New York : Dutton, ©1995
(OCoLC)654520911
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Katz
ISBN: 0525938451 9780525938453
OCLC Number: 31132802
Description: xi, 291 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The genealogy of a sex concept --
The debut of the heterosexual --
Before heterosexuality --
Making the heterosexual mystique --
The heterosexual comes out --
Questioning the heterosexual mystique --
The lesbian menace strikes back --
Toward a new pleasure system.
Responsibility: Jonathan Ned Katz ; foreword by Gore Vidal ; afterword by Lisa Duggan.

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"This boldly original work reexamines our society's basic heterosexual/homosexual distinction - focusing on the evolution of the term heterosexual, which, as this study demonstrates, only entered our language a little more than a hundred years ago, ushering in a new way of dividing up and judging sexuality and people." "Exploring the startling history of the heterosexual concept, Jonathan Ned Katz reveals that as late as the 1920s, heterosexuality was still defined in a major American dictionary as "morbid sexual passion for one of the opposite sex." It was only through a slow process that heterosexuality became this society's dominant norm. Analyzing the work of such pioneering students of sexuality as Sigmund Freud and Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Katz considers the effects of their ideas about the sacred primacy of heterosexuality on both scientific literature and popular culture. He also examines the varied commentaries on heterosexuality by such contemporary writers as James Baldwin, Betty Friedan, Adrienne Rich, Kate Millett, and Michel Foucault."--Jacket.

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