American Sexual Character
Sex, Gender, and National Identity in the Kinsey Reports
Publication Year: 2005
Looking at real and perceived changes in masculinity, female sexuality, marriage, and homosexuality, Miriam G. Reumann develops the notion of "American sexual character," sexual patterns and attitudes that were understood to be uniquely American and to reflect contemporary transformations in politics, social life, gender roles, and culture. She considers how apparent shifts in sexual behavior shaped the nation's workplaces, homes, and families, and how these might be linked to racial and class differences.
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Remaking Postwar Marriage and Reconfiguring Marital Sexuality / 128...
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
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...2. “Diverse examples of combinations of six sources of outlet,” ...
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For more than a decade, as this project grew from piles of disorganized notesinto a slightly more organized dissertation and—slowly—into a book, I haveaccumulated intellectual debts along with endless drafts. At the JohnsHopkins University, Toby Ditz warned me that I seemed to be a historian,Neil Hertz taught me the pleasures of close reading, and Ruth Leys and...
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...in 1948 and 1953, the United States was rocked by events that observerscompared to the explosion of the atomic bomb: the publication of SexualBehavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female,respectively, popularly known as the Kinsey Reports.1 These two massivesex surveys, compiled by the Indiana University zoologist Alfred Kinsey...
ONE. "SEXUAL ORDER IN OUR NATION": American Sexuality and National Character in the Postwar United States
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...as world war ii drew to a close and the United States adjusted to peace,journalists, politicians, and authorities hailed a spirit of national opti-mism. Before Pearl Harbor, the publishing magnate Henry Luce had urgedcitizens to “create the first great American Century,” and the country couldnow heed his call to be “the powerhouse from which the ideals spread...
TWO. "A MISSING SENSE OF MALENESS": Male Heterosexuality, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, and the Crisis of American Masculinity
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...when SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN MALE appeared in 1948, reactionto the volume was instantaneous and impassioned. Kinsey’s study spurreda national referendum on sexual behavior, prompted new research onrelated topics, and provided ammunition for social reformers of all stripes.The report also, however, affected Americans’ understanding of gender...
THREE. "MUCH THE SAME DESIRES AS MEN": Sexual Behavior in the Human Female and the “American Woman”
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SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN MALE had prompted a public uproar andmade American sexual behavior a popular subject of discussion amongscientists, politicians, and commentators on popular culture. Five yearslater, anticipating the publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female,the public braced itself for even more shocking revelations. While the first...
FOUR. "I'M A MUCH BETTER CITIZEN THAN IF I WERE SINGLE": Remaking Postwar Marriage and Reconfiguring Marital Sexuality
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Society is interested in the nature of marital intercourse because it iscornerstone of personal fulfillment and believed it to be in crisis. Theyendorsed the institution in unprecedented numbers, as the vast majorityof the population chose wedlock over single life and marriage becameincreasingly central to national ideology. Simultaneously, however,...
FIVE. "AN AGE OF SEXUAL AMBIGUITY": Homosexuality and National Character in the Postwar United States
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The data in the present study indicate that at least 37 per cent of the malepopulation has at least some homosexual experience between the beginningof adolescence and old age....This is more than one male in three of the per-There is nothing to be gained by shrugging off the very existence of homo-sexuality. It exists; we meet it only too often in everyday life. How, then,...
EPILOGUE. "ALL AMERICA IS ONE BIG ORGONE BOX": American Sexual Character Revisited
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...shortly before the third report from the Kinsey Institute appeared in1958, the president of Vassar College resignedly predicted that, givenAmericans’ insatiable curiosity about sex, the book—a survey calledPregnancy,Birth, and Abortion—“can be expected to evoke the same sensa-tional treatment” accorded the earlier Kinsey Reports.1 Unlike Sexual...
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...1. Kinsey, Pomeroy, and Martin, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male;Kinsey et al., Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. The bomb metaphor was acommon one: for example, see “Bombs, H and K,” 57; and Milburn, “Sex, Sex,Sex, and the World Crisis,” 230. Elaine Tyler May discusses the metaphoricalconnection between atomic power and sexuality in Homeward Bound, 92–113....
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Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana Univer-Adams, Clifford. “Making Marriage Work: Are You Enhancing Your Appeal?”———. “Making Marriage Work: Ask Yourself: Am I a Successful Working———. “Making Marriage Work: ‘I Hate Being Pregnant and I Hate Sex.’”———. “Making Marriage Work: We Agree on Almost Everything Except...
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Publication Year: 2005