The horrors of the half-known life. Male attitudes toward women and sexuality in nineteenth-century America

  title={The horrors of the half-known life. Male attitudes toward women and sexuality in nineteenth-century America},
  author={John Todd},
  journal={Medical History},
  pages={217 - 217}
  • John Todd
  • Published 1 April 1978
  • History
  • Medical History
G. J. BARKER-BENFIELD, The horrors of the half-known life. Male attitudes toward women and sexuality in nineteenth-century America, New York and London, Harper & Row, 1976, 8vo, pp. xiv, 352, £2.95 (paperback). Beginning with a general background consisting of Alexis de Tocqueville's view of the effects of democracy on American men and on their relations to women, the author next discusses the male domination of parturition in America and the important international standing of American… 


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