Prescription for Heterosexuality

Nursing Clio’s very own Carolyn Herbst Lewis recently sat down with Jackie Wolf, host of WOUB’s Conversations From Studio B, to talk about her new book, Prescription For Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era. 

 Carolyn’s book examines  “how medical practitioners, especially family physicians, situated themselves as the guardians of Americans’ sexual well-being during the early years of the Cold War. She argues that many doctors viewed their patients’ sexual habits as more than an issue of personal health. They believed that a satisfying sexual relationship between heterosexual couples with very specific attributes and boundaries was the foundation of a successful marriage, a fundamental source of happiness in the American family, and a crucial building block of a secure nation.”

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Carolyn Herbst Lewis and Jackie Wolf

You can check out the interview in its entirety here. 

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Thanks for sharing this, Jacki! I just want to add that Jackie Wolf is an historian of medicine who focuses on gender themes. She is the author of “Don’t Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the 19th and 20th Century,” (Ohio State University Press, 2001) and “Deliver Me From Pain: Anesthesia and Birth in America” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

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