Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America

ISBN-10: 0807050393
ISBN-13: 9780807050392
Edition: 2007
Authors: Thomas A. Foster
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Description: A pioneering new investigation of sex and manhood With few exceptions, sex is noticeably absent from popular histories chronicling colonial and Revolutionary America. Using court records, newspapers, sermons, and private papers from Massachusetts,  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

A pioneering new investigation of sex and manhood With few exceptions, sex is noticeably absent from popular histories chronicling colonial and Revolutionary America. Using court records, newspapers, sermons, and private papers from Massachusetts, Thomas Foster vividly shows that sex-the behaviors, desires, and identities associated with eroticism-was a critical com¬ponent of colonial understanding of the qualities considered befitting for a man. Starkly challenging current views about the development of sexuality in America, the book details early understandings of sexual identity and locates a surprising number of stereotypes until now believed to have originated a century later. As this engrossing and surprising study shows, we cannot understand manliness today or in our early American past without coming to terms with the oft-hidden relationship between sex and masculinity. "For both what it shows and what it suggests, Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man casts its eye on a fascinating and pivotal place and time. Its a book sure to add a new dimension to readers understanding of masculinitys myriad forms." -Michael Bronski, The Guide

Introduction
Household
"He Is Not a Man, That Hath Not a Woman"
Sex and the Shattering of Household Order
Community
Rape and Seduction: Masculinity, Misogyny, and Male Sexuality
Sex and the Community of Men
Sexualities
"Half-men": Bachelors, Effeminacy, and Sociability
"When Day and Night Together Move": Men and Cross-Cultural Sex
"The Paths of Monstrous Joy"
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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