The Resource Making sex : body and gender from the Greeks to Freud, Thomas Laqueur

Making sex : body and gender from the Greeks to Freud, Thomas Laqueur

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Making sex : body and gender from the Greeks to Freud
Title
Making sex
Title remainder
body and gender from the Greeks to Freud
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Laqueur
Title variation
Body and gender from the Greeks to Freud
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is a book about the making and unmaking of sex over the centuries. It tells the astonishing story of sex in the West from the ancients to the moderns in a precise account of developments in reproductive anatomy and physiology. We cannot fail to recognize the players in Thomas Laqueur's story--the human sexual organs and pleasures, food, blood, semen, egg, sperm--but we will be amazed at the plots into which they have been woven by scientists, political activists, literary figures, and theorists of every stripe.Laqueur begins with the question of why, in the late eighteenth century, woman's orgasm came to be regarded as irrelevant to conception, and he then proceeds to retrace the dramatic changes in Western views of sexual characteristics over two millennia. Along the way, two "masterplots" emerge. In the one-sex story, woman is an imperfect version of man, and her anatomy and physiology are construed accordingly: the vagina is seen as an interior penis, the womb as a scrotum, the ovaries as testicles. The body is thus a representation, not the foundation, of social gender. The second plot tends to dominate post-Enlightenment thinking while the one-sex model is firmly rooted in classical learning. The two-sex story says that the body determines gender differences, that woman is the opposite of man with incommensurably different organs, functions, and feelings. The two plots overlap; neither ever holds a monopoly. Science may establish many new facts, but even so, Laqueur argues, science was only providing a new way of speaking, a rhetoric and not a key to female liberation or to social progress. "Making Sex" ends with Freud, who denied the neurological evidence to insist that, as a girl becomes a woman, the locus of her sexual pleasure shifts from the clitoris to the vagina; she becomes what culture demands despite, not because of, the body. Turning Freud's famous dictum around, Laqueur posits that destiny is anatomy. Sex, in other words, is an artifice.This is a powerful story, written with verve and a keen sense of telling detail (be it technically rigorous or scabrously fanciful). "Making Sex" will stimulate thought, whether argument or surprised agreement, in a wide range of readers
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Cataloging source
ACLSE
Dewey number
305.3/09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1075
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
ACLS Humanities E-book
Label
Making sex : body and gender from the Greeks to Freud, Thomas Laqueur
Publication
Note
Originally published 1990; First Harvard University Press paperback edition, 1992
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-301) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn961900941
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 313 pages)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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unknown
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.b36860530
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)961900941
  • acls0674543491

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