Sexual Warfare as Family Style

Sexual Warfare as Family Style

Few things hold us like home. The current celebration of traditional family values expresses a need for refuge, pleasure, and acceptance that is as impossible to forgo as it is difficult to satisfy. If nostalgia for the past is largely a sign of present frustration, it has only served to heighten interest in what makes families fail. A burgeoning genre—the family anti-romance—is appealing to that fascination with things gone wrong: the horror show of failed intimacy. The ease with which incidents of family violence make their way from the police blotter to nonfiction books and TV miniseries discloses how many facets of our culture are touched and how many eyes are widened by families that cannot be said to work at all.

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