Intimate Matters

Intimate Matters

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As the first full-length study of the history of sexuality in America, Intimate Matters offered trenchant insights into the sexual behavior of Americans from colonial times to the present. Now, twenty-five years after its first publication, this groundbreaking classic is back in a crucial and updated third edition. With new and extended chapters, Da€™Emilio and Freedman give us an even deeper understanding of how sexuality has dramatically influenced politics and culture throughout our history and into the present. Hailed by critics for its comprehensive approach and noted by the US Supreme Court in the landmark Laurence v. Texas ruling, this expanded new edition of Intimate Matters details the changes in sexuality and the ongoing growth of individual freedoms in the United States through meticulous research and lucid prose. Praise for earlier editions a€œThe book John Da€™Emilio co-wrote with Estelle B. Freedman, Intimate Matters, was cited by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy when, writing for a majority of court on July 26, he and his colleagues struck down a Texas law criminalizing sodomy. The decision was widely hailed as a victory for gay rightsa€”and it derived in part, according to Kennedy's written comments, from the information he gleaned from this book.a€a€”Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune a€œFascinating. . . . Da€™Emilio and Freedman marshal their material to chart a gradual but decisive shift in the way Americans have understood sex and its meaning in their lives.a€ a€”Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review a€œWith comprehensiveness and care . . . Da€™Emilio and Freedman have surveyed the sexual patterns for an entire nation across four centuries.a€ a€”Martin Bauml Duberman, Nationsexual infractions of black celebrities allowed white America to absorb the truth of female sexual subordination by ... Crime Control Act. This legislation provided funding to states to support criminal law enforcement against perpetrators of ... A good example of the a€œthird wavea€ feminist recognition of the complexities of female sexual agency appeared in Eve Enslera#39;s 1996 play, The Vagina Monologues, anbsp;...

Title:Intimate Matters
Author: John D'Emilio, Estelle B. Freedman
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2012-12-03

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