Twentieth-Century Sexuality: A History
September 1999, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
1. 'The Cult of the Clitoris': Sexual Panics and the First World War.
2. 'Hypersexual Youths': Premarital Sex and the Sex Educators.
3. 'Selfish Beasts': Marriage Manuals and the Eroticization of Marriage.
4. 'Race Suicide': Birth Control, Abortion and Family Stability.
5. 'Perverts': Mannish Women, Effeminate Men and the Sex Doctors.
6. 'Frigidity': Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalysis and Gender.
7. 'Compulsory Heterosexuality': Eugenicists, Fascists and Nazis.
8. 'Surveying Sex': From Alfred C. Kinsey to Hugh Hefner.
9. 'Sexual Revolution?': the Pill, Permissiveness and Politics.
10. 'Backlash': AIDS and the Sexual Counter-revolution.
- Argues against those who see the history of modern sexuality as a tale of liberation
- Contends that sexuality is socially constructed and is remade by each generation for its own social and cultural context
- Draws on interdisciplinary research.
"McLaren's book is to be highly recommended as a general
textbook which illuminates the evolving debates and practices
concerned with twentieth-century sexuality. Both undergraduates and
professional historians will find it useful as is lays out the
evidence and provides copious footnotes to help with further
exploration of the topic." History
"A valuable, fluently-written and very well-documented history
of sexuality ... a most impressive work." Contemporary British
"... the book is stuffed full of goodies ... written in
McLaren's usual readable style." American Historical
"In Twentieth Century Sexuality: A History, Angus McLaren
succeeds in accomplishing exactly what his title promises; to
provide a history of twentieth century sexuality. And in the
process of reaching this ambitious goal, he gives us vast
stimulation and food for thought.
"McLaren has therefore written a very important book and one
that crackles with insights while being as comprehensive as can be
imagined. As such, the work is quite unique." Journal of Social
"Angus McLaren's ability to provide an overview of as complex a
topic as sexuality in the mercurial twentieth-century is truly
outstanding. In this book, he summarizes - with wit as well as
historical accuracy - many of the key issues that have shaped
sexual identity throughout the last century." Medical
"Writing in clear, well-organized prose, he is mindful of the
influences of popular culture and media on sexual attitudes. The
book succeeds best as a broad-ranging survey of Western European
and Anglo-American attitudes." Publishers Weekly
"Twentieth-Century Sexuality: A History ...seeks to explore its topic in its quintessential complexity." Journal of Family Studies