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Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man

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In a book that will both enlighten and provoke, Daniel Boyarin offers an alternative to the prevailing Euroamerican warrior/patriarch model of masculinity and recovers the Jewish ideal of the gentle, receptive male. The Western notion of the aggressive, sexually dominant male and the passive female reaches back through Freud to Roman times, but as Boyarin makes clear, such ...more
Paperback, 433 pages
Published June 13th 1997 by University of California Press (first published May 14th 1997)
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Sep 17, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it
I’m not a fan of Freud, to put it mildly ... so I'm reluctant to give the book 5 stars because of the lengthy chapters on psychoanalysis and Freud’s odd theories. A point in Boyarin’s favour is that he, while not exactly pulling Freud’s work to pieces, points to his - partly hidden - misogyny, homophobia and internalised antisemitism. And most importantly, he dismantles the Oedipus complex. (No, I just can't take this theory seriously.)

Apart from this "Freudian overdose", it’s quite an insightf
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