Passion and Power

Passion and Power

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Passion and Power brings together some of the most recent and innovative writings on the history of sexuality and explores the experiences, ideas, and conflicts that have shaped the emergence of modern sexual identities. Arguing that sexuality is not an unchanging biological reality or a universal natural force, the essays in this volume discuss sexuality as an integral part of the history of human experience. Articles on sexual assault, homosexuality, birth control, venereal disease, sexual repression, pornography, and the AIDS epidemic examine the ways that sexuality has become a core element of modern social identity in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States.It is only in recent years that historians have begun to examine the social construction of sexuality. This is the first anthology that addresses this issue from a radical historical perspective, examining sexuality as a field of contention in itself and as part of other struggles rooted in divisions of gender, class, and race. Author note: Kathy Peiss is Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and author of Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-century New York (Temple). gPgChristina Simmons is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati-Raymond Walters College.Sexuality in History Kathy Lee Peiss, Christina Simmons Robert A. Padgug ... The instructions for its use indicate euphemistically that Puf should be used aquot;first, aquot; meaning before intercourse, and that it was good for hours, leaving little doubt that this ... aquot;All that rotten tasting stuff just to keep a little crib out of the bedroom.

Title:Passion and Power
Author:Kathy Lee Peiss, Christina Simmons
Publisher:Temple University Press - 1989


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