The Politics of Courtship  

Since at least antiquity, animals have been used to illustrate the “natural” reasons for human behavior in both the economic and sexual spheres. Our own follies and foibles are thereby projected onto the animal world, where they lead a colorful …



Of Mothers and Fathers  

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution, by Adrienne Rich. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. 318 pp. The Mermaid and the Minotaur: Sexual Arrangements and Human Malaise, by Dorothy Dinnerstein, New York: Harper & Row. 288 pp. …



Whatever Happened to Romantic Love?  

In his Three Essays on Sexuality, Freud summed up the views of two diverse cultures on love, his own and that of the ancient Greeks: The most striking distinction between the erotic life of antiquity and our own no doubt …