The Tragedy of Heterosexuality

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New York University Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Jane Ward is Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California Santa Barbara. She is the author of The Tragedy of Heterosexuality, Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men, and Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist Organizations.
"The Tragedy of Heterosexuality wastes absolutely no time getting to the is at heart a somber, urgent academic examination of the many ways in which opposite-sex coupling can hurt the very individuals who cling to it most....[The book] might be just the thing to rescue heterosexuality from its unearned hegemony in our shared cultural imagination."-- "New York Times Book Review"
"A gender and sexuality professor has written a book explaining the secret to straight people having happier relationships -- be more like queer couples. Jane Ward, a gender and sexuality studies professor at University of California, Riverside, studied tips from marriage manuals, self-help books, dating coaches and marriage therapists while writing The Tragedy of Heterosexuality."-- "Pink News"
"This book is a loving lesbian intervention, a defamiliarized look at what we've come to expect from heterosexuality."-- "Bitch Magazine"
"A great read for LGBTQ+ and straight readers, Jane Ward's non-fiction book tackles compulsory heterosexuality, heteronormativity, patriarchy, and how they impact us all."-- "Cosmopolitan UK's "Best Books by LGBTQ+ Authors""
"The intelligent generosity of spirit of Jane Ward's bullseye critique of heterosexual culture is the icing on the cake of its timeliness, necessity, and page-turning readability. I lost track of the number of times I wrote 'fuck YES!' in the margins as I read this book."--Hanne Blank, author of Fat
"Sharp, witty, provocative, informed, and feeling, The Tragedy of Heterosexuality flips the scripts of queer suffering and heterosexual happiness. Jane Ward details the harms and disappointments of heterosexual culture for straight women, analyzes the "misogyny paradox" at its heart, and points toward a deeper love."--Joshua Gamson, author of The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, the Seventies in San Francisco
"This book needed to be written and who better to plunge into the murky mysteries and sad dramas of heterosexuality than Jane Ward? The Tragedy of Heterosexuality offers a map of the complex and shifting landscape of heterosexual desire in the era of #MeToo, sexual harassment, and Title IX....[A]n immensely readable, fairly controversial and surely relevant book."--Jack Halberstam, author of Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire