• Straight

  • The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality
  • By: Hanne Blank
  • Narrated by: Fran Tunno
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-03-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (6 ratings)

Summary

It's surprising that the term "heterosexuality" is less than 150 years old and that heterosexuality's history has never before been written, given how obsessed we are with it. In Straight, independent scholar Hanne Blank delves deep into the contemporary psyche as well as the historical record to chronicle the realm of heterosexual relations - a subject that is anything but straight and narrow. Consider how Catholic monasticism, the reading of novels, the abolition of slavery, leisure time, divorce, and constipation of the bowels have all at some time been labeled enemies of the heterosexual state.
With an extensive historical scope and plenty of juicy details and examples, Straight provides a fascinating look at the vagaries, schisms, and contradictions of what has so often been perceived as an irreducible fact of nature.
©2011 Hanne Blank (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susie on 14-03-13

The Title Says It All

The term "heterosexual" was invented as late as the 1860's. Our society's assumptions and criteria for what it means to be heterosexual has gotten narrower ever since.

Like Joan Roughgarden’s "Evolution’s Rainbow", "Straight" addresses gender, sex and biology, but goes on to explore historical and political attitudes, and perceptions of straightness and homosexuality.

Once again, Blank challenges our assumptions and explores the historical evolution of our sexual hang-ups in an engaging and funny manner.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paula on 30-03-16

Wonderful!

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Not what quite what I had expected, but fascinating, informative, and delightfully in-depth all the same.
Highly recommended, especially to those interested in the subjects of gender, sexuality, or mate selection.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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