"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 heterosexuality's recently forged primacy on both scientific literature and popular culture.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 305
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 mm
"A superb and iconoclastic critique of the history of heterosexuality." - Richard Horton, New York Review of Books "Engaging... important.... Among the best books I have read on sexual identity.... It can change the way you think about sex and gender, about yourself, and about whom you might become." - Louise DeSalvo, Los Angeles Times "Lively and provocative." - Carol Tavris, New York Times Book Review "A valuable primer [that] misses no significant twists in sexual politics." - Gary Indiana, Village Voice Literary Supplement "One of the most important - if not outright subversive - works to emerge from gay and lesbian studies in years." - Mark Thompson, Advocate"