Making Sex

 
Citation
Title:
Making Sex
Author:
Editor:
City:
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Year:
1992
Volume:
No. of Volumes:
Edition:
Pages:
336
Series Volume:
Series Editor:
Series Title:
Translator:
Language:
English
URL:
DOI:
LCCN:
OCLC Number:
License
Select License
ISBN:
0674543556
9780674543553
Last Updated:
June 25th, 2012
Abstract

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.


Seller Condition Item Price Shipping Total Cost
AlibrisFair Noticeably used book. Text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Heavy wear to covers and pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Possible ex library copy, with all the markings/stickers of that library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included. US$ 3.43 US$ 3.50US$ 6.93
AlibrisUS$ 6.44 US$ 3.50US$ 9.94
AlibrisFair Highlighting Item is intact, but may show shelf wear. Pages may include notes and highlighting. May or may not include supplemental or companion material. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. US$ 6.44 US$ 3.50US$ 9.94
AlibrisUS$ 6.66 US$ 3.50US$ 10.16
AlibrisUS$ 6.66 US$ 3.50US$ 10.16
AlibrisUS$ 7.99 US$ 3.50US$ 11.49
AlibrisUS$ 9.85 US$ 3.50US$ 13.35
AlibrisUS$ 9.99 US$ 3.50US$ 13.49
AlibrisUS$ 13.75 US$ 3.50US$ 17.25
AlibrisFair Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.US$ 16.61 US$ 3.50US$ 20.11
AlibrisGood 0674543556 Paperback 1992; 66 halftones; 6-3/8 x 9-1/4; 336 Pages; Harvard Press; Used Book in good condition. May have highlighting, markings, and signs of wear.US$ 17.75 US$ 3.50US$ 21.25
AlibrisUS$ 25.00 US$ 3.50US$ 28.50
AlibrisUS$ 25.43 US$ 3.50US$ 28.93
AlibrisNew. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 336 p. In Stock. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Brand New, Perfect Condition, allow 4-14 business days for standard shipping. To Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. protectorate, P.O. box, and APO/FPO addresses allow 4-28 business days for Standard shipping. No expedited shipping. All orders placed with expedited shipping will be cancelled. Over 3, 000, 000 happy customers.US$ 26.89 US$ 3.50US$ 30.39
AlibrisNew Testing do not buy.US$ 32.53 US$ 3.50US$ 36.03
AlibrisUS$ 33.74 US$ 3.50US$ 37.24
AlibrisNew. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 336 p.US$ 33.79 US$ 3.50US$ 37.29
AlibrisNew. PLEASE NOTE, WE DO NOT SHIP TO DENMARK. New Book. Shipped from US in 4 to 14 days (standard) 3 to 8 days (expedited). Established seller since 2000.US$ 34.94 US$ 3.50US$ 38.44
AlibrisBRAND NEW 0674543556.US$ 36.35 US$ 3.50US$ 39.85
  • Recommend Us