Friday, September 18, 2020

University of Iowa Professor Leslie Margolin's latest book, The Etherized Wife: Privilege and Power in Sex Therapy Discourse, will be available Dec. 18 through Oxford University Press.

The Etherized Wife seeks to provide a comprehensive examination of the evolution of sex therapy through the prism of gender. It focuses, in particular, on how sex therapists "treat" women's sexual problems, arguing that these practices have actually enshrined male sexuality and supremacy by advocating for heterosexual intercourse as the pinnacle of a healthy sex life. It holds that in sex, like other domains of life in which men set the standard of normality, women have been judged normal to the degree they match men's expectations.

Margolin has been teaching writing, counseling, and human sexuality at the UI since 1987.