American Sexual Character: Sex, Gender, and National Identity in the Kinsey Reports

American Sexual Character: Sex, Gender, and National Identity in the Kinsey Reports

Miriam G. Reumann


When Alfred Kinsey's titanic stories Sexual habit within the Human Male and Sexual habit within the Human lady appeared in 1948 and 1953, their unique info spurred an remarkable public dialogue of the nation's sexual practices and ideologies. As they debated what behaviors have been basic or standard, irregular or deviant, chilly battle americans additionally celebrated and scrutinized the country in their kingdom, referring to obvious alterations in sexuality to shifts in its political constitution, economic system, and folks. American Sexual personality employs the reports and the myriad responses they evoked to check nationwide debates approximately sexuality, gender, and Americanness after global struggle II. concentrating on the mutual development of postwar principles approximately nationwide id and sexual existence, this wide-ranging, clever, and energetic research explores the various makes use of to which those intercourse surveys have been positioned at a time of maximum nervousness approximately sexual habit and its results at the nation.

Looking at actual and perceived adjustments in masculinity, girl sexuality, marriage, and homosexuality, Miriam G. Reumann develops the thought of "American sexual character," sexual styles and attitudes that have been understood to be uniquely American and to mirror modern adjustments in politics, social lifestyles, gender roles, and tradition. She considers how obvious shifts in sexual habit formed the nation's offices, houses, and households, and the way those should be associated with racial and sophistication differences.

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