History Of American Sexuality By Kathy Peiss And A Desired Past By Leila J. Gilman

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History of American Sexuality

Chapters’ four to six in the books; Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America by John D 'Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman, Major Problems in the History of American Sexuality by Kathy Peiss and A Desired Past by Leila J. Rupp, the authors depict the history of sexuality by exploring various classes, culture, gender, race and sexual orientations. After reading the books, I questioned myself as to what is the meaning of justice and equality in terms of sex and gender. In modern societies, people are still arguing over controversial issues such as abortion, premarital and divorced wives’ child custody and homosexual marriages. I believe stricter control over women than men as women show their sexual expression and desire is unjustifiable. And it would only infringe on women’s freedom and equality in society. And after finishing the books, I came to the conclusion that the physical difference between the men and women was one of the reasons that led to the women being regarded as inferior in the past.
According to Leila J. Rupp in her book A Desired Past, the growth of prostitution and lesbianism in the mid-nineteenth century in the poor sections of the cities, seemed to please the men than it did the women. Given their domestic responsibilities and insecurity due to violence in the city streets, women enjoyed less freedom of movement and thus could not gather as women in public places (Rupp, 78).

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