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Desiring Revolution Second-Wave Feminism and the Rewriting of Twentieth-Century American Sexual Thought

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ISBN-10: 023111205X

ISBN-13: 9780231112055

Edition: 2001

Authors: Jane Gerhard

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There was a moment in the 1970s when sex was what mattered most to feminists. White middle-class women viewed sex as central to both their oppression and their liberation. Young women started to speak and write about the clitoris, orgasm, and masturbation, and publishers and the news media jumped at the opportunity to disseminate their views. In Desiring Revolution, Gerhard asks why issues of sex and female pleasure came to matter so much to these "second-wave feminists." In answering this question Gerhard reveals the diverse views of sexuality within feminism and shows how the radical ideas put forward by this generation of American women was a response to attempts to define and contain…    
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Jane Gerhard is lecturer in history and literature at Harvard University.

Introduction: Sex and the Feminist, 1970
Modern Women and Modern Marriage: Reinventing Female Heterosexuality
Between Freudianism and Feminism: Sexology's Postwar Challenge
Politicizing Pleasure: Radical Feminist Sexual Theory, 1968-1975
Desires and Their Discontents: Feminist Fiction of the 1970s
Cultural Feminism: Reimagining Sexual Freedom, 1975-1982
Conclusion: Negotiating Legacies in the Feminist Sex Wars, 1982