The Trouble With Normal

The Trouble With Normal

Postwar Youth and the Making of Heterosexuality

eBook - 1997
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"In this study, Mary Louise Adams explores discourses about youth and their place in the production and reproduction of heterosexual norms. She examines debates over juvenile delinquency, indecent literature, and sex education to show not why heterosexuality became a peculiar obsession in English Canada after the Second World War, as much as how it came to hold such sway. Drawing on feminist theory, cultural studies, and lesbian/gay studies, The Trouble with Normal is the first Canadian study of 'youth' as a sexual and moral category. Adams looks not only at sexual material aimed at teenagers but also at sexual discourses generally, for what they had to say about young people and for the ways in which 'youth, ' as a concept, made those discourses work. She argues that postwar insecurities about young people narrowed the sexual possibilities for both young people and adults."--Jacket.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, ©1997.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 224 pages, [18] pages of plates) : illustrations.

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