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The Straight LineHow the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality$
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Tom Waidzunas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696147

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696147.001.0001

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The Reorientation Regime

The Reorientation Regime

Therapeutic Techniques in an Anti-Homosexual Era, 1948–1972

(p.35) One The Reorientation Regime
The Straight Line

Tom Waidzunas

University of Minnesota Press

Following the landmark Kinsey studies, psychoanalysts in the United States responded to the threat of homosexuality with treatments that departed from Freud, measuring cure in terms of behavior. Behavior therapists challenged them with experimental methods and tests of physiology, including “phallometric testing” of men’s sexual arousal patterns with erotic imagery.

Keywords:   Psychoanalysis, Kinsey studies, Sexuality studies, Behaviour therapy, Physiology, Phallometric testing

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