New PDF release: A Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century: A Memoir

By Jane Vandenburgh

ISBN-10: 1582435596

ISBN-13: 9781582435596

Jane Vandenburgh's lifestyles begun as a rule adequate. Born into "a yes type of family"—affluent, white, Protestant—she got here of age in the course of a time whilst the sexual revolution used to be sweeping our cultural panorama. Her father, an architect with a in demand la company, used to be arrested a number of instances for being in homosexual bars through the Nineteen Fifties. He used to be despatched to a health center to be "cured" of his homosexuality; he dedicated suicide whilst she was once 9. Her mom was once a Bohemian who believed that she was once glamorous and gifted and will write her personal ideas for how she lived her lifestyles. confident that she was once being persecuted for being "unconventional," she misplaced her brain and was once despatched to a psychological sanatorium. Vandenburgh and her brothers have been raised through family in an prosperous suburb within the San Fernando Valley, a spot the place medications, intercourse, and generalized appearing out have been the waves of social switch that have been simply hitting the shorelines the place they spent each weekend. Quirky and excellent, A Pocket heritage of intercourse within the 20th Century is an engaging mixture of memoir and cultural revelation.

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We always get mutts from the pound because our father says they’re more well adjusted. My brothers and I ride in the backseat, holding our other pets. Will and I are at either window; Geo is in the middle, with his hermit crabs’ terrarium on his lap. Will has these friends named Norman and Yvonne Fisher who live across the street and down the block. They are a brother and sister about a year apart in age. Norman and Yvonne miss as much school as we do, so Mr. Loss knows them, too. It’s because their parents are separated and their mother works.

We have only one phone, which is in the hallway between the living room and the kitchen. We can hear it ring and the murmuring of her voice, but not any of the words she’s saying. Will and I are playing chess in my mother and father’s bedroom. I play with Will, also with my Grandfather Virgil, though I’m never allowed to win. My family is harsh like this—you don’t get to win because you’re younger or don’t know how to play, and especially not because you are a girl. We are sitting on the huge mahogany bed our dad got from his grandmother.

I think this Bible might burst into flames if you hold it, or that if you open its cover you’ll find it to be a literal portal to a literal hell from which live snakes might begin to writhe and crawl. I fall asleep that night with bubble gum in my mouth and wake the next morning with my face stuck to the pillowcase. I know they will never ask me back. It doesn’t matter. My father was an atheist and I am an atheist. My mother was an atheist, too, until she started hearing voices. My favorite show is I Led Three Lives.

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