Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality | SF
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Good Vibrations (Valencia St.) | 603 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA
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Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly and permanently transformed Western culture.
Though men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts, 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.
Hanne Blank shows how culture creates and manipulates the ways we think about and experience desire, love, and relationships between men and women and how the history of heterosexuality turns out to be anything but straight or narrow.
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Categories: Literature, San Francisco