Lecturer for Women’s History Month to discuss ‘Prescription for Heterosexuality’

Mar 21, 2011 | General News, Liberal Arts

The next event in Louisiana Tech’s Women’s History Month series will be a lecture from Dr. Carolyn Herbst Lewis of Louisiana State University, who will speak about her book, “Prescription for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era.”
Lewis’s book explores how medical practitioners, especially family physicians, situated themselves as the guardians of Americans’ sexual well-being during the early years of the Cold War. She argues that many doctors viewed their patients’ sexual habits as more than an issue of personal health. They believed that a satisfying sexual relationship between heterosexual couples with very specific attributes and boundaries was the foundation of a successful marriage, a fundamental source of happiness in the American family and a crucial building block of a secure nation.
The lecture will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 in Wyly Tower Auditorium. As with all Women’s History Month events, it is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Laurie Stoff, coordinator of events, at 318-257-5480 or