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Prescription for HeterosexualitySexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era$
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Carolyn Herbst Lewis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834251

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899540_lewis

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Masculinity, Sexual Function, and Male Heterosexual Health

Masculinity, Sexual Function, and Male Heterosexual Health

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(p.71) Chapter 3 Masculinity, Sexual Function, and Male Heterosexual Health
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Prescription for Heterosexuality
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Carolyn Herbst Lewis

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899540_lewis.7

For men, remaining in control of their own and their partner's sexual activity is an important factor in maintaining their sense of masculinity. This chapter defines masculinity and examines the characteristics of a healthy male sexuality and what constituted successful male heterosexual performance. Throughout the post-World War II decades, physicians asserted that a healthy male heterosexuality included playing the role of sexual initiator and depended upon a man's coital performance. The chapter also describes male sexual dysfunctions, particularly impotence, which posed a potential threat to the physical and emotional health of married couples.

Keywords:   masculinity, sexuality, heterosexual performance, sexual dysfunctions, impotence

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