The Invention Of Heterosexuality

The Invention Of Heterosexuality

  • Publish Date: 2007-06-15
  • Binding: Paperback
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 Review

A valuable primer . . . misses no significant twists in sexual politics.Gary Indiana, Village Voice Literary Supplement

One of the most importantif not outright subversiveworks to emerge from gay and lesbian studies in years.Mark Thompson, The Advocate

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