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Human Sexual Inadequacy
By William Masters and Virginia Johnson (1970)
First Edition, First Printing
DESCRIPTION: It can be argued that the Postmodernist Era REALLY began the moment the US won World War Two in 1945, thus kicking off the Mid-Century-Modernist age and all the new optimism and curiosity about the world that it inspired; but that this loosening of uptight morals had to occur through baby steps, first coming through such conservative fields as science and medicine before finally invading the arts in the 1960s and then culture at large in the '70s. And certainly the rise of William Masters and Virginia Johnson supports this idea: a team that officially got its start in 1957, after being inspired by the work of proto-"sexologist" Alfred Kinsey in the years directly after WW2, Masters & Johnson were the first such scientists to study human sexual behavior directly through laboratory experiments (versus the reliance on after-the-fact interviews that Kinsey based most of his reports on), leading to rather titillating rumors coming from their offices at St. Louis' Washington University even in the same exact years that "Leave it to Beaver" was the most popular show on television. (How titillating? Well, even 50 years later, their work is the basis of a salacious new show on cable television, mostly known for its high level of nudity and sexual situations.) However, it wasn't until the actual Postmodernist Era that Masters & Johnson finally started releasing books to the general public about their findings, starting with the massive one-two punch of 1966's Human Sexual Response and today's volume being auctioned, 1970's Human Sexual Inadequacy, both of which sold tens of millions of copies and introduced society at large to such ideas as multiple orgasms in women, the four-stage process of arousal, and the fact that humans can continue having enjoyable sex at pretty much any age, given a healthy body and a willing partner. A pair of books that slipped as comfortably into the mainstream's changing perception of sexuality in general as a hand slips into a glove, and the volumes that ushered in such entirely new cultural developments as sex education for teenagers and sexual surrogates as legitimate therapy, we would literally live in a different world if not for these society-changing titles; and at its highly affordable price today, this is a must-have for fellow scientists, collectors of Postmodernist literature, and aging baby boomers looking for a nostalgic trip back to their hippie youths.
CONDITION: Fine (F). Nearly identical to how it originally appeared new in bookstores. Dust jacket: Very Good Plus (VG+). In nearly perfect shape, except for a bit of crinkling along some of the edges and a quarter-inch tear on the bottom spine (unfortunately more noticeable than usual in this case, because of the dust jacket being colored screenprinting over a white piece of paper).
PROVENANCE: Acquired by CCLaP at the Oak Brook Book Fair, April 2014.