The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality

Book - 2012
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Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of "the heterosexual" was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts. Yet, within half a century, "heterosexual" had become a byword for "normal," enshrined in law, medicine, psychiatry, and the media as a new gold standard for human experience. With an eclectic scope and fascinating detail, Straight tells the eye-opening story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that turns out to be anything but straight or narrow.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780807044438
Characteristics: xxvii, 228 p. ; 24 cm.


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May 30, 2017

The research seems off....For instance, her first entry in the notes section is about how women synchronize their mentration, but many studies with larger sample sizes have shown this to be fallacious. Since she got this detail wrong (or failed to provide the larger more, detailed context) it makes me wonder what else she got wrong or left out. I do acknowledge that other disciplines do not have the tight strictures that science writing requires. It could be that her academic framework just doesn't require rigorous citation or documentation. I prefer books that treat subjects complexly. I like books that respect the reader enough to present the whole arguement with the data for and against the stated purpose and lets the reader make up their own minds on the subject. Admittedly, it is hard to find this type of book.

Jan 23, 2015

this author needs to do some more reesearch, the theory she reachs with the few facts she does have are huge leaps of logic which seems to have no basis in fact. I actually enjoyed this book but could be more termed as a book in fantasy

Jul 04, 2012

I like the way Hanne Blank ties her research on theories about sexuality to her relationship with her partner. It is also interesting to hear where the terms homosexual and heterosexual originated. There were a lot of things brought up in the book that I would like to know more about.

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