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Like the typewriter and the lightbulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly and permanently transformed Western culture. In this surprising chronicle, historian Hanne Blank digs deep into the past of sexual orientation, while simultaneously exploring its contemporary psyche.
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The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts with Hanne Blank Start: 19:30 End: 21:00 Join us in celebrating the release of author Hanne Blank's newest work, The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise. Hanne Blank, proud fat girl and personal trainer, understands the physical and emotional roadblocks that overweight women face in the word of exercise. In this one-of-a-kind guide that combines exercise advice with a refusal to fat-bash, Hanne shows readers how to choose workout options from WiiFit to extreme sports, avoid common sports injuries, get proper nutrition, source plus-size work out gear, and more. People of all sizes seeking information about getting involved in exercise should attended. This event is sponsored by Charis Circle's Founding the Future of Feminism Program and the suggested donation is $5. (MDGentleReader)… (més)
Hanne Blank is the author of Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (Beacon, $26.95 hb, less 10% in the store). Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly and permanently transformed Western culture. The idea of "the heterosexual" was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts. Yet, within half a century, "heterosexual" had become a byword for "normal," enshrined in law, medicine, psychiatry, and the media as a new gold standard for human experience. In this surprising chronicle, historian Hanne Blank digs deep into the past of sexual orientation, while simultaneously exploring its contemporary psyche. Illuminating the hidden patterns in centuries of events and trends, Blank shows how culture creates and manipulates the ways we think about and experience desire, love, and relationships between men and women. Ranging from Henry VIII to testicle transplants, from Disneyland to sodomy laws, and from "Moby Dick" to artificial insemination, the history of heterosexuality turns out to be anything but Straight or narrow. With an eclectic scope and fascinating detail, "Straight" tells the eye-opening story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that is all too often assumed to be an irreducible fact of biology. Photo by Kyle Cassidy
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Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality
Join author Hanne Blank for a book event not to be missed: Straight- The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality.
It's surprising that the term "heterosexuality" is less than 150 years old and that heterosexuality's history has never before been written, given how obsessed we are with it. In Straight, independent scholar Hanne Blank delves deep into the contemporary psyche as well as the historical record to chronicle the realm of heterosexual relations--a subject that is anything but Straight and narrow. Consider how Catholic monasticism, the reading of novels, the abolition of slavery, leisure time, divorce, and constipation of the bowels have all at some time been labeled enemies of the heterosexual state. With an extensive historical scope and plenty of juicy details and examples, Straight provides a fascinating look at the vagaries, schisms, and contradictions of what has so often been perceived as an irreducible fact of nature.
Since 2000, Hanne Blank has spent her time thinking, learning and writing at the intersection of bodies, self, and culture. Spanning the town/gown divide as well as the mind/body split, her work includes cultural histories of sexuality as well as books about self-acceptance and size-acceptance, works of fiction, collections of literary erotica, and beyond. She is a writer, historian, and public speaker whose work has been featured everywhere from OUT to Penthouse. An independent scholar, she has served in faculty positions at several colleges and universities, most recently as the 2004-2005 Scholar of the Institute For Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Maryland.
Join us in welcoming Hanne Blank, the author of Straight: the Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality, as she takes us on a whirlwind tour of how our most influential modern sexuality came to be… and how we’re continuing to change it even today. Did you know that the concept of heterosexuality was invented in the same decade as dynamite, the light bulb, the typewriter, and pasteurization? It didn’t become a household word until after WWI. So how did men and women learn how to be modern heterosexuals? With an eclectic scope and fascinating detail, Straight tells the eye-opening story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that is all too often assumed to be an irreducible fact of biology.
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