Fierce Desires: A New History of Sex and Sexuality in America

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$35.00  $32.55
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
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Pages
480
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Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781631496578

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About the Author
Rebecca L. Davis is professor of history at the University of Delaware and author of Public Confessions: The Religious Conversions That Changed American Politics and More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Reviews
An engrossing account of the surprising variety of sexual beliefs, behaviors, subcultures, and 'culture wars' that have marked American history from the beginning. This book will fascinate and challenge you.--Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage
At a time when sex and sexuality are at the heart of our most polarizing debates, Rebecca L. Davis shows how both left and right have much to learn from history. Filled with colorful characters from a forgotten past, Fierce Desires is riveting, disruptive, and an essential book for our time.--Kristin Kobes Du Mez, best-selling author of Jesus and John Wayne
The scope of Rebecca L. Davis's knowledge and her vivid narratives make Fierce Desires an instant classic.--Christine Leigh Heyrman, author of Doomed Romance
Rebecca L. Davis provides a fascinating account of the struggles over sexual identity and expression set in an unfamiliar geography and with historical actors new to many readers. She teaches us that such battles did not simply occur in the places we expect--New York and San Francisco--but across the South, the Midwest, and the Southwest, thanks to the courage and conviction of Native American, Black, and Latinx activists willing to challenge the limits of their local communities--Kathleen M. Brown, author of Undoing Slavery
In engaging prose and using truly fascinating examples, Rebecca L. Davis shows us that ideas about sexuality--far from being just a contemporary preoccupation--have always played a central role in how we organize our lives, construct our communities, and understand our differences.--Nicholas L. Syrett, author of The Trials of Madame Restell
Fierce Desires is a smart and sweeping history of sexuality in the United States. It shows us how sexuality became a source of identity and a site of regulation; how it sustained race, class, and gender hierarchies; and how it inspired social movements and impassioned debates.--Joanne Meyerowitz, author of How Sex Changed