Hanne Blank: Straight
The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. USA 2012, 228 pp., brochure, € 17.95Kostenloser Versand innerhalb Österreichs.Beacon
Like the typewriter adn the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of »the heterosexual« was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for behavior or emotions or identity. Yet, within half a century, »heterosexual« had become a byword for »normal«, enshrined in law, medicine, psychiatry, and the media as a new gold standard for human experience. With an eclectic scope and fascinating detail, this book tells the story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that turns out to be anything but straight or narrow.