Michael Ignatieff, 4 March 1982
Show More Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulation of Sexuality since 1800 by Jeffrey Weeks.
Longman, 306 pp., £11, October 1981, 0 582 48333 6Show More
Sexual Preference: Its Development in Men and Women by Alan Bell, Martin Weinberg and Sue Kiefer Hammersmith.
Indiana, 242 pp., £9, October 1981, 9780253166739Show More
Pornography and Silence by Susan Griffin.
Women’s Press, 277 pp., £4.75, October 1981, 0 7043 3877 7Show More
The History of Sexuality. Vol. 1 by Michel Foucault, translated by Robert Hurley.
Penguin, 176 pp., £2.25, May 1981, 0 14 022299 5Show More
“... Is a history of sexuality possible? It is easy to envisage a history of the language of enticement, the trail of clothes on the floor, the bed even, but the coupling, the thing itself, how could we nail that to the historian’s rack? An instinct timeless in its force, an experience at once private, secret and charmingly individual, how could it be made to submit to dates and social determination? It is easier to admit that the language of love knows its different tropes and turns in time than to admit that, if this is so, the experience it represents must have a history too ...”