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Prescription for heterosexuality [electronic resource] : sexual citizenship in the Cold War era / Carolyn Herbst Lewis.

Author/Creator:
Lewis, Carolyn Herbst.
Publication:
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2010.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (241 p.)
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Subjects:
Sex -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Heterosexuality -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Married people -- Sexual behavior -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Citizenship -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In this lively and engaging work, Carolyn Lewis explores how medical practitioners, especially family physicians, situated themselves as the guardians of Americans' sexual well-being during the early years of the Cold War. She argues that many doctors viewed their patients' sexual habits as more than an issue of personal health. They believed that a satisfying sexual relationship between heterosexual couples with very specific attributes and boundaries was the foundation of a successful marriage, a fundamental source of happiness in the American family, and a crucial building block of a secure
Contents:
American physicians and sexual defense
Femininity, frigidity, and female heterosexual health
Masculinity, sexual function, and male heterosexual health
The premarital pelvic examination
Artificial insemination and the American man
Epilogue.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-4696-0638-0
0-8078-9954-2
OCLC:
676697963