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The Machines of Sex Research

Technology and the Politics of Identity, 1945-1985

Authors: Drucker, Donna J.

  • Describes the little-known history of the machines of human sex research in the postwar era
  • Shows how researchers worldwide invented and used machines to study human sexuality and the body in new ways, and how they used and improved each other's designs
  • Relates the relationship between the machines of sex research to Cold War sexualities and gender and sexual liberation movements
  • Narrates how the machines of sex research led to new ways of thinking about human bodies as sexual yet nonreproductive sites of pleasure
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The Machines of Sex Research describes how researchers worldwide integrated technology into studies of human sexuality in the postwar era. The machines they invented made new ways of seeing bodies possible. Some researchers who studied men used machines like penile strain gauges to police “deviant” male sexuality; others used less painful devices like penis-cameras to study women’s sexual responses and map the physiology of their arousal and orgasm. While researchers used the findings from their technological innovations to propose their own views of how people should view their bodies and should manage their sexual lives, their readers interpreted their findings to enact their own visions of sexuality. Drucker shows how the use of machines in sex research provided some of the intellectual underpinnings of the sexual revolution and the women’s and gay rights movements, and in turn how the sex research community developed new machines for investigations that would enhance sexual happiness rather than constrict it. The Machines of Sex Research is a key read for those interested in the intersections between human sexuality, technology, and twentieth-century social movements. Describes the little-known history of the machines of human sex research in the postwar era   Shows how researchers worldwide invented and used machines to study human sexuality and the body in new ways, and how they used and improved each other's designs   Relates the relationship between the machines of sex research to Cold War sexualities and gender and sexual liberation movements. ​

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Machines of Sex Research

    Drucker, Donna J.

    Pages 1-18

  • The Penile Strain Gauge and Aversion Therapy: Measuring and Fixing the Sexual Body

    Drucker, Donna J.

    Pages 19-43

  • The Couples Laboratory and the Penis-Camera: Seeking the Source of Orgasm

    Drucker, Donna J.

    Pages 45-67

  • The Vaginal Photoplethysmograph and Devices for Women: Gauging Female Arousal

    Drucker, Donna J.

    Pages 69-90

  • Conclusion: The Future of Human Sex Research Technologies

    Drucker, Donna J.

    Pages 91-97

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eBook $39.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7063-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Machines of Sex Research
Book Subtitle
Technology and the Politics of Identity, 1945-1985
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7064-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7064-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-7063-8
Series ISSN
2211-4564
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 97
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics