First Sexual Revolution The Emergence of Male Heterosexuality in Modern America

ISBN-10: 0814792588

ISBN-13: 9780814792582

Edition: 1993

Authors: Kevin F. White

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"Based on impressive research in a wide variety of sources, including popular literature, advertisements, true confession and physique magazines, advice columns, sex surveys, vice investigation reports, and personal letters,The First Sexual Revolutionoffers a provocative interpretation of the impact of the sexual revolution on men. White's boldly-stated criticism of sexual liberalism is sure to arouse controversy. Yet his view of men confused by new expectations of attractiveness and sexiness, threatened by women's demands for sexual satisfaction, yet essentially still in control, is compelling." Leila J. RuppOhio State University, Co-author ofSurvival in the Doldrums:The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s. In the early 1900s, a sexual revolution took place that was to define social relations between the sexes in America for generations. As Victorian values gradually faded, and a commercialized consumer culture emerged, the female figure of the flapper came to embody early-twentieth century femininity. Simultaneously, masculine ideals were also undergoing radical change. Who then was this New Man to accompany the New Woman? Who was the flapper's boyfriend? In this remarkable book, Kevin White draws on a vast array of sources to examine the ideologyspread through movies, advertisements, sex confession magazines, social hygienists, sex manuals, and Freudian popularizers that has defined modern American manhood. Examining attitudes toward masturbation, homosexuality, violence against women, feminism, free love, and the emerging dating system,The First Sexual Revolutionshows how American men in the Jazz Age were subjected to a barrage of information and advice about their sexuality that stressed not character but personality and sex appeal. Repression was out; sexual expressionperformancewas in. This New Man was more egalitarian and more sexual than the Victorian patriarch. But the diffusion to the middle class of the Victorian underworld ethos of primitivism and violence against women, and the flight from commitment to relationships, heralded instability and tensions that continues to define American sexual relations. To illustrate this point, Dr. White takes a close lookthrough letters and diariesat the successes and failures of nine marriages involving actively feminist women, demonstrating the pressures that this revolution in values caused. Dr. White concludes that the return to primitivism characterized by the men's movement marks the most recent aftershock of the revolution that has shaped us all.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Kevin Whitehas taught history and American studies at the Polytechnic of West London and the Ohio State University, where he received his Ph.D. in history.

The Masculine Image in an Age of Cultural Revolution, 1910-1930
Styles of Masculinity in the World of Youth, 1910-1930
Male Ideology and the Roots of the Sexualized Society, 1910-1930
The Working-Class, Public, Youth-Oriented World of Leisure: Chicago and New York, 1900-1930
The Failure of the Feminist Option: Men and the Feminist New Woman, Part I
The Success of the Feminist Option: Men and the Feminist New Woman, Part II
Modern American Male Heterosexuality: The 1920s
Conclusion: New Moralities, New Masculinities
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