Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex

Paperback | September 15, 1999

byLinda R. Hirshman, Jane E. Larson

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Men and women have always bargained for sex. In Hard Bargains, philosopher-lawyer Linda Hirshman and legal historian Jane Larson provide the first complete analysis of power in heterosexual relationships, combining an eye-opening legal history of sexual regulation with thought-provokingpredictions of what the future might bring. Hirshman and Larson tell a riveting tale that spans the centuries--from early accounts of adulterers hanging from the gibbet, to the impact of the Kinsey Reports and Hugh Hefner's playboy philosophy, to the 1960s judge who argued in favor of sex with eleven-year-olds. The book examines thefactors that have shaped our notions of sex, from Catholic teaching to the theories of Sigmund Freud, and it explores the Supreme Court decisions of the last few decades that revolutionized the politics of sex. And Hard Bargains not only provides a deep understanding of historical and currentdisputes, it also offers striking predictions of what sexual bargaining will look like in the future--rape laws replaced by laws of sexual autonomy, adultery subjected to breach of contract action, fornicators responsible for each other's rent, prostitution considered an unfair labor practice. Theseare a few of the surprising--and surprisingly workable--solutions the authors foresee in the 21st century. Hard Bargains takes a forthright and level-headed look at all aspects of one of the biggest controversies in contemporary American society--heterosexual sex--and delivers a radically new perspective on the sexual lives of women and men.

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Have you ever been told that you drive ‘a hard bargain’Has anyone ever told you that you drive ‘a hard bargain’? Now think back... has a partner ever said that to you in relation to the way you negotiate sex? In Hard Bargains, Linda Hirshman and Jane Larson examine the ways in which men and women haggle coyly or consciously over their ...

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Men and women have always bargained for sex. In Hard Bargains, philosopher-lawyer Linda Hirshman and legal historian Jane Larson provide the first complete analysis of power in heterosexual relationships, combining an eye-opening legal history of sexual regulation with thought-provokingpredictions of what the future might bring. ...

Linda Hirshman is Allen Berenson Distinguished visiting Professor at Brandeis University. She lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, and Falmouth, Massachusetts. Jane Larson is Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.91 × 5.31 × 0.71 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Sex in PublicPART 1: THE ORIGINS OF HARD BARGAINS2. The Possibilities of Theory3. Rediscovering Early Worlds4. American BeginningsPART 2: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIRTUE5. Female Virtue and Public Order6. Challenging the Republic of Virtue7. Equal Freedom versus Equal CommitmentPART 3: THE RISE AND FALL OF LIBERTINISM8. The Origins of Libertinism9. The Law Catches Up10. The Libertine Regime11. There's No Such Thing As Free LovePART 4: HARD BARGAINS12. The Rules of the Game13. Hard Bargains14. ConclusionIndex

From Our Editors

Have you ever been told that you drive ‘a hard bargain’Has anyone ever told you that you drive ‘a hard bargain’? Now think back... has a partner ever said that to you in relation to the way you negotiate sex? In Hard Bargains, Linda Hirshman and Jane Larson examine the ways in which men and women haggle coyly or consciously over their sexual relations. Both coming from legal backgrounds, the authors also analyse this issue from the legislative perspective.

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"The book leaves no sheet unturned to make its point that sex between men and women should not be a private matter. Instead, sex is an extension of social life, and every sex act contributes to the public welfare."--Playboy