The Invention of Heterosexuality

By | November 15, 2019
The Invention of Heterosexuality Author Jonathan Ned Katz
ISBN-10 0226426017
ISBN-13 9780226426013
Year 2007-06-15
Pages 305
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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Heterosexuality assumed to denote a universal sexual and cultural norm has been largely exempt from critical scrutiny In this boldly original work Jonathan Ned Katz challenges the common notion that the distinction between heterosexuality and homosexuality has been a timeless one Building on the history of medical terminology he reveals that as late as 1923 the term heterosexuality referred to a morbid sexual passion and that its current usage emerged to legitimate men and women having sex for pleasure Drawing on the works of Sigmund Freud James Baldwin Betty Friedan and Michel Foucault The Invention of Heterosexuality considers the effects of heterosexualitys recently forged primacy on both scientific literature and popular culture Lively and provocative Carol Tavris New York Times Book ReviewA valuable primer misses no significant twists in sexual politics Gary Indiana Village Voice Literary SupplementOne of the most importantif not outright subversiveworks to emerge from gay and lesbian studies in years Mark Thompson The Advocate

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