Sex and the office : a history of gender, power, and desire / Julie Berebitsky.

By: Berebitsky, Julie [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksSociety and the sexes in the modern world: Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012Description: 1 online resource (x, 359 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780300183276; 0300183275Subject(s): Women employees -- United States -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Sex and the office.DDC classification: 331.40973 LOC classification: HD6053 | .B47 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Dangers, desires, and self-determination : competing narratives of the sexual culture of the new, gender-integrated office -- White-collar casanovas : gender, class, and (hetero)sexuality in the office, 1861 to World War II -- Betwixt and between : new freedoms and new risks in the sexually and psychologically modern office -- Gold diggers, innocents, and tempted wives : the skyscraper in fiction and film -- Morals and morale : managing sex in business, World War II to the early 1960s -- The white-collar revolution : Helen Gurley Brown, sex, and a new model of working womanhood -- Desire or discrimination? : old narratives meet a new interpretation -- Two steps forward, one step back : wanted and unwelcome advances after "sexual harassment."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Dangers, desires, and self-determination : competing narratives of the sexual culture of the new, gender-integrated office -- White-collar casanovas : gender, class, and (hetero)sexuality in the office, 1861 to World War II -- Betwixt and between : new freedoms and new risks in the sexually and psychologically modern office -- Gold diggers, innocents, and tempted wives : the skyscraper in fiction and film -- Morals and morale : managing sex in business, World War II to the early 1960s -- The white-collar revolution : Helen Gurley Brown, sex, and a new model of working womanhood -- Desire or discrimination? : old narratives meet a new interpretation -- Two steps forward, one step back : wanted and unwelcome advances after "sexual harassment."

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CHOICE Review

Berebitsky's piece concerning sexuality in the workplace is an ambitious, thorough, and fascinating exploration of US office culture since the 1860s. She deftly discusses the ways in which popular concepts of womanhood in the late 19th century, complicated by women's arrival in urban white-collar offices, both protected them from exploitation and left them with little defense when they were indeed exploited by men who had far more power. Her discussion, particularly of the 1910s-20s, presents a compelling analysis of sexuality and masculinity, as men, feeling emasculated by their often-static positions in the corporate world, use sexuality--from filthy jokes in the office to secretarial conquests--to reaffirm their manliness. Berebitsky (history and women's studies, Sewanee: The Univ. of the South) then traces these themes through the later century, ending with a discussion of the transformation of often-uncomfortable office sex culture into sexual harassment, a prosecutable charge. The book is suitable for any collection on gender and history, and particular chapters could be used effectively to demonstrate sex-related workplace changes--intimately tied to power, position, and rights--for men and women. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. J. L. Cote Saint Joseph College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Julie Berebitsky is professor of history and director of the Women's Studies Program at Sewanee: The University of the South. The author of Like Our Very Own: Adoption and the Changing Culture of Motherhood, she lives in Sewanee, TN.

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