By Jane Vandenburgh
Jane Vandenburgh's existence started quite often adequate. Born into "a sure form of family"—affluent, white, Protestant—she got here of age in the course of a time while the sexual revolution was once sweeping our cultural panorama. Her father, an architect with a in demand l. a. enterprise, used to be arrested numerous occasions for being in homosexual bars through the Nineteen Fifties. He used to be despatched to a sanatorium to be "cured" of his homosexuality; he devoted suicide while she was once 9. Her mom used to be a Bohemian who believed that she was once glamorous and gifted and will write her personal ideas for a way she lived her existence. confident that she was once being persecuted for being "unconventional," she misplaced her brain and used to be despatched to a psychological sanatorium. Vandenburgh and her brothers have been raised by means of kinfolk in an prosperous suburb within the San Fernando Valley, a spot the place medicinal drugs, intercourse, and generalized appearing out have been the waves of social switch that have been simply hitting the shores the place they spent each weekend. Quirky and impressive, A Pocket historical past of intercourse within the 20th Century is an interesting mixture of memoir and cultural revelation.
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As we listen to the scratchy record playing back this part of the song, we can also hear the other three of us in the background, laughing softly at Geo’s innocence. The record is part of a gift we’re accumulating for our father, for our mother to take to him for us. So far we have a bag of saltwater taffy, the photo strip, the scary purple dog–ish thing, and now this record that we’ve just made for him. We’ll send this package off to him in the desert, then wait for him to come back to us.
They have no way of understanding what I’ve lost. They’re not crying because they still have each other, but it was my father who approved of me. Now I have no one but Geo and my dog. W The manner of my father’s death is nothing anyone wants to discuss, so I don’t find out how he died until several days after. I imagine ways he’s died—driving our mom’s car off a cliff into the sea, for instance. I imagine. I don’t ask. 33 A pocket history of sex But later that week, my mother and I drive home from Glendale to pack up some things we need—the house will be sold, we’ll never live in Redondo again.
You? You very obviously do not ’ave enough money for me . . ” She says the last piece in her fake French accent and turns away. Never apologize, never explain, she whispers to herself. Then, to the three of us, she instructs, When a stranger speaks to you, you simply look at him directly and speak slowly and distinctly. You must enunciate clearly. This is what you’re to say: I’m-sorry-but-Ido-not-speak-English. Whatever person was hanging around us until this moment now skulks away; she watches with withering scorn.