By John Gagnon
An Interpretation of hope deals a bracing number of significant essays by way of John Gagnon, one of many best and most galvanizing figures in sexual examine. Spanning his paintings from the Nineteen Seventies, whilst he explored the concept that sexuality is mediated via social tactics and categories—thus paving the best way for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with wish through the Nineties, those essays represent a necessary entr?e to the examine of sexuality within the 20th century.Gagnon might be top referred to as the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a ebook that brought the seminal thought of sexual scripting—and as one of many coauthors of The Social association of Sexuality, a foundational paintings that's generally thought of to be an important research of human sexual habit because the Kinsey file. The essays amassed the following first hint the impression of scripting idea on Gagnon, outlining the novel departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric types of intercourse learn. the amount then turns to newer essays that examine such vexed matters as homosexuality, the theories of Sigmund Freud, HIV, dangerous intercourse, and the social elements of sexually transmitted ailments.
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Park police launched its “Pervert Elimination Campaign” to find and arrest gay men, which was followed by the McCarthyinspired Federal Loyalty Program in which more than 1000 people lost their jobs because of allegations of homosexuality. 45 Public health officials frequently complained about homosexual men’s unwillingness to cooperate during interviews, but never connected their mistrust to the real risks that homosexual men faced from other local and federal government officials during 1950s and 1960s.
7 This sexual double standard persisted for centuries. 13 For example, as European society became more hierarchically differentiated at home during the nineteenth century, prejudices about class began to shape attitudes toward sexuality and venereal diseases (VDs). Throughout Europe, efforts to control VD by regulating prostitution gave widespread authority to police officers to arrest women merely on suspicion of prostitution. As the industrial revolution had produced a new class of factory workers and urban dwellers, who increasingly asserted their political power during the nineteenth century, the upper classes reacted by asserting class-based differences in intellectual and moral capacity.
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