The Petting Generation
This is what I like to call “nonfiction erotica.” I am not sure that is really a thing, but I am running into enough examples to make me think so. This is probably the best example of true stories or case studies that detail (and I mean DETAIL) the finer nuances of making out. Our author has a few other titles that you probably won’t want to miss, such as: Sex Behavior of the Homosexual, Sex Behavior of the Lesbian, and last, but not least, Man to Man: A Report on Homosexuality.
I couldn’t find any credentials for our author, so maybe this is also self-reported “data.” I am not sure that today’s audience would even know what petting and necking entail. Remember, I am rather old and those terms weren’t used in my formative years. (Get off my lawn!)
Obviously this needs updating and some solid first hand accounts. Anyone volunteering?
Submitter: My local public library has three copies of this 1980 love advice book in their system. All 3 copies are in the juvenile collections. So much of this book references current 1980’s topics, or recent stories in the news, that I would be surprised if any young adult would know what they were talking about. Anita Bryant being a good example. There are parts of this book that are still vaguely current, but plenty that are out of date. A few of the gems from this book are:
Pg. 29 – “Remember that a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
Pg. 40-41 Guessing who might be a Homosexual.
Pg. 50 – Talking about orange juice siren, Anita Bryant.
Holly:What is it about books in this category that makes librarians not want to weed? The examples in this book are so out of date, as Submitter points out. Attitudes toward sex have changed even since 1980, so books in this category should really reflect the current era. About ten years is all you can realistically expect to get out of books like this. Maaaaybe 20, but definitely not 36.
Submitter: This book was found in a small urban public library. It’s a 1950 reprint of a 1932 French book on sexual freedoms. 1932 views on sexual freedom in a public library? Ewww! I could see this being in an academic library. I give credit to public libraries for collecting this type of material. However, it does need to be more current than 1932.
Holly: Definitely! Sexual freedom in 2014 is a whooooole different thing than in 1932. It’s still important to have access to information on this general topic, but the material is quite different these days. Much more readily available, too. I mean, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was talking about sexual freedom in the 80s and even her material can now be considered for weeding! Kudos to the library for having this in the 30s, though.