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By Teresa A. Meade

ISBN-10: 0631223932

ISBN-13: 9780631223931

A better half to Gender historical past surveys the historical past of girls around the globe, reports their interplay with males in gendered societies, and appears on the function of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years.

  • An large survey of the heritage of ladies all over the world, their interplay with males, and the function of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years.
  • Discusses kin heritage, the heritage of the physique and sexuality, and cultural heritage along women’s historical past and gender historical past.
  • Considers the significance of sophistication, area, ethnicity, race and faith to the formation of gendered societies.
  • Contains either thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays.
  • Gives due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern period in addition to to the trendy period.
  • Written through students from around the English-speaking global and students for whom English isn't really their first language.

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Excessive heterosexual libido led to nymphomania in women, satyriasis in men. Sadism (named by the sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing after the Marquis de Sade) was an exaggeration of normal sexual aggression and dominance; masochism – pleasure taken in being dominated – was its contrary, passive expression. Deficiencies in what was believed to be the innate aim of sexual libido – to have intercourse with the opposite sex – produced attractions to inappropriate objects or bizarre actions that fell well short of full heterosexual intercourse.

Social scientists discovered child sexuality and “adolescence” in the first decades of the century, but their response was to treat the tumultuous uncertainty of youthful sexuality as a problem to be solved, disciplined, and turned to “healthy” ends. Schemata for “normal” childhood development permeated public health and hygiene activities and youth organizations such as scouting and church groups, putting adults on guard against aberrant behavior. Menarche was converted from a private family matter to a public and hygienic rite and was integrated smoothly into consumer culture.

But gradually, beginning in the middle of the fifteenth century, merchant capitalists and protoindustrial capitalist production began to threaten guild control over craft production. In turn, gender divisions sharpened as guilds began to distinguish more carefully between highly paid skilled work reserved for men and unskilled work deemed acceptable for women, and even succeeded in getting cities to pass laws restricting women’s access to certain kinds of work. When women continued to ply their trades in the home (linen weavers in Germany are a prime example), guilds devalued women’s home-based production because it fell outside of the domain of guild control.

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