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Louise J. Kaplan challenges the traditional view that perversion represents deviant sexual behavior in this "fascinating and ambitious new study".--The New York Times Book Review. "This masterful study breaks new ground in our understanding of sexuality, gender roles and the way modern society trivializes erotic expression".--Publishers Weekly.
Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published March 1990)
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i especially liked the way the author connects the individual aspects of perversions with the larger social structure they grow in - and which breeds them: sex is political. it has to do with power. so, it is only when we question the social, political and, above all, economic mechanisms that trigger our perverse behaviors that we will be able to evolve into freer, more self-fulfilled individuals.
Dec 06, 2012 Alexander Santiago rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
Penis envy. Anorexia as a form of control and power. Gender role stereotypes. Ahhhhhhhhh, feminist literature! Dr. Kaplan's dense, cerebral, intellectual feminist treatise was an enlightening experience regarding sexuality, fetishism, gender role stereotypes (and archetypes), and how society (as well as familial environment) can form those hidden little proclivites that drives and shapes individuals. From stripping and expounding upon Freud's sexist theories regarding women, deconstructing Gusta ...more
I read this years ago and I remember clearly her stating that this was a book about female AND male perversions. I remember reading about coarse cutters who make giant gashes on their genitals. She talks about anorexics as well. I remember her pointing out that women sometimes buy lots of useless crap and that this is a form of sexual perversity. She clearly deliniates her theories and keeps the pace up. Good times had by all...specially the guy who needs satin panties to masturbate.
Sep 12, 2008 Denise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People interested in gender issues, perversion, psychoanalytic theory
This is the book that largely set me on my path. It gave words to things that I did not discuss with others and provided insight into the way our culture imagines women and perversity. It gave perversion some credibility and redefined the pervert in a bold, hugely important way for me. I will definitely read this book again!
Louise J Kaplan is a psychoanalyst, author, and feminist scholar. She has published six critically acclaimed books: Oneness and Separateness, Adolescence: The Farewell to Childhood, The Family Romance of the Impostor Poet, Thomas Chatterton, Female Perversions: The Temptations of Emma Bovary, and No Voice is Ever Wholly Lost. She is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award for disting ...moreMore about Louise J. Kaplan...