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Titel: Sex And The Eighteenth Century Man - ...
Verlag: Beacon Press, Boston
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st edition..
Cloth spined boards, dj, F/F. xx+223pp, index, a fine copy in a fine dustjacket. New. Account of male sexual identity in 1700s New England which, despite the absence of sex from the popular histories of the era, was an integral part of the makeup of the colonial male. 500 grams. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 33184
Inhaltsangabe: Sex is noticeably absent from our contemporary obsession with histories chronicling the founding generations, the Revolutionary War, or the struggles of the early colonists. Moreover, it is rarely associated with colonial men. After all, most would assume that masculinity is the stuff of politics, commerce, or hard physical labor. But Thomas Foster turns this conventional portrait on its head. Vividly using court records, newspapers, sermons, and private papers from Massachusetts, he shows that sex--understood as a mix of behaviors, desires, and identities associated with eroticism--was a crucial component of the colonial understanding of the qualities considered befitting for a man. Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man begins by examining how men, as heads of households, ultimately held responsibility for sex within marriage and the sexual behaviors of dependents and household members. Foster then turns to how sex solidified bonds in the community, including commercial ties among men. Starkly challenging current views, the book details early understandings of sexual orientation and a surprising number of stereotypes until now believed to originate a century later, including those of the black rapist and the unmanly sodomite--figures that underscore norms of white male heterosexuality. An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 223 pages; Description: xx, 223 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Subjects: Men --Sexual behavior --United States --History --18th century. Men --United States --History --18th century. Men --United States --Social conditions --18th century
With few exceptions, sex is noticeably absent from popular histories chronicling colonial and Revolutionary America. Moreover, it is rarely associated specifically with early American men. This is in part because sex and family have traditionally been associated with women, while politics and business are the historic province of men. But Thomas Foster turns this conventional view on its head. Through the use of court records, newspapers, sermons, and private papers from Massachusetts, he vividly shows that sex?the behaviors, desires, and identities associated with eroticism ?was a critical component of colonial understanding of the qualities considered befitting for a man.
Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man begins by examining how men, as heads of households, held ultimate responsibility for sex -not only within their own marriages but also for the sexual behaviors of dependents and members of their households. Foster then examines the ways sex solidified bonds in the community, including commercial ties among men, and how sex operated in courtship and social relations with women. 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, among them the black rapist and the unmanly sodomite, figures that serve to reinforce cultural norms of white male heterosexuality.
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.
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