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Impotence: A Cultural History

Angus McLaren


As anyone who has watched television in recent years can attest, we live in the age of Viagra. From Bob Dole to Mike Ditka to late-night comedians, our culture has been engaged in one long, frank, and very public talk about impotence—and our newfound pharmaceutical solutions. But as this book shows, the failure of men to rise to the occasion has been a recurrent topic since the dawn of human culture. Drawing on a range of sources from across centuries, the book demonstrates how male sexuality was constructed around the idea of potency, from times past when it was essential for the purpose of s ... More

Keywords: Viagra, impotence, male sexuality, potency, sexual failure, Mesopotamia, witchcraft, feminism, masturbation, Oedipal complex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226500768
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226500935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angus McLaren, author