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Power : The Ultimate Aphrodisiac - Dr. Ruth Westheimer


The Ultimate Aphrodisiac

Hardcover Published: 28th October 2001
ISBN: 9781568332307
Number Of Pages: 230

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In an era brimming with scandal and dominated by tabloid ethics, sex expert Dr. Ruth abandons "kiss and tell" in favor of what she calls a "kiss and reflect" approach. She examines how power and sex are inextricably linked and how they have influenced each other in broader social and political contexts.
This history blueprints the most common political-sexual constructions - polygamy, the harem, the trophy wife, the mistress, and the political marriage - and discusses the unique challenges faced by female rulers and by gay and lesbian politicians. Power delves into the private lives (and surrounding myths) of leaders and historical figures from the well known to the obscure. It traces the public's fascination with the private exploits of the rich and powerful from ancient Egypt, where Cleopatra used her seductive charm to capture the hearts and political strength of two powerful Romans; through ancient China, where concubine Yang Gulfei enchanted Emperor Xuan Zong and their affair brought down a dynasty; and into the twentieth century, when the media made the personal lives of the Perons and the Kennedys front-page news.

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The authors paint an insightful portrait of how for thousands of years sex has been used to achieve or maintain power. Booklist

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Many Wives, Many Powers: The Politics of Polygynyp. 1
The Sultanate of Women: Sex and Power in the Ottoman Haremp. 13
Ari and Jackie: Trophy Wife Meets Trophy Hunterp. 25
Eva Peron: Sleeping Her Way to the Topp. 37
Dangerous Liaisons: Biblical Women and Fallen Menp. 47
European Unions: Political Marriages and Other Mismatchesp. 57
Madame de Pompadour: The Mistress of the Housep. 73
Tom and Sally: Separate and Unequalp. 85
Parnell and the Englishwoman: A Love Storyp. 97
JFK: All the President's Womenp. 107
Cleopatra: Life and Death on the Nilep. 117
Elizabeth I: Courtship, Power, and the Politics of Virginityp. 127
Catherine the Great: No Horse's Talep. 135
Christina of Sweden: Nothing Feminine but Her Sexp. 143
Gay Leaders: Closets and Cabinetsp. 151
Eleanor and Franklin: Public Partners and Private Affairsp. 161
Conclusionp. 173
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9781568332307
ISBN-10: 1568332300
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 28th October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.0  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.45