The horrors of the half-known life: male attitudes toward women and sexuality in nineteenth-century America

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Now updated and back in print, this controversial and pioneering work is a startling portrait of male attitudes towards masculinity, women and sexuality in nineteenth century America. Through an examination of the elimination of midwifery, the origins of gynaecology, and general attitudes and advice about sexuality, the author brilliantly illuminates the state of manhood and misogyny in nineteenth century America.
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table_of_contents PART I: THE SEXES IN TOCQUEVILLE'S AMERICA: The American man -- The arena -- Work and sex -- Democratic fathers and democratic sons -- Freedom of intercourse -- Strong men over orderly women -- PART II: FROM MIDWIVES TO GYNECOLOGISTS: The absence of midwives from America -- Democratic doctors -- The rise of gynecology -- Architect of the vagina -- Sexual surgery -- PART III: THE LIGHTNING-ROD MAN: The Reverend John Todd -- Primers for anxiety -- Todd's masturbation phobia -- The spermatic economy and proto-sublimation -- Men earn, women spend -- Woman's refinement -- Sex and anarchy -- From mother to mother earth -- PART IV: AUGUSTUS KINSLEY GARDNER: Dr. Gardner's education -- Garnder's career -- The physical decline of American women -- Punishing women -- The great organ of communication.
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title The horrors of the half-known life male attitudes toward women and sexuality in nineteenth-century America
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title_full The horrors of the half-known life [electronic resource] : male attitudes toward women and sexuality in nineteenth-century America / G.J. Barker-Benfield
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