By Sheila Jeffreys
Sexuality has been reframed through postmodernism, yet this transparent dialogue of literature, politics, and pop culture presents an invaluable historic view. The sexual revolution of the Sixties and Seventies is remembered as a time of serious freedom for girls, yet did the sexual revolution have an identical ambitions because the Women’s Liberation circulate? used to be it really liberation for ladies or simply one other insidious type of oppression? This provocative ebook argues that sexual freedom occasionally at once hostile real freedom for girls. Tracing sexual mores and attitudes from the Nineteen Fifties throughout the Nineties, it explores the character of either instantly and homosexual relationships and provides unique and compelling remark on The pleasure of Sex, Lolita, Naked Lunch, and different representations within the literature on sexuality. Newly up to date, this version offers a huge critique and perception into those arguable issues.
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Many of the supposedly most progressive prophets of the new sexual freedom remained afraid of or hostile to homosexuality. Walker, The Physiology of Sex, op. , p. 162. Jeffrey Weeks, Coming Out, Quartet, London, 1977, pp. 159-60. 135 Walker, op. , p. 153. 133 134 43 Sheila Jeffreys | 1990 Anticlimax 2. Decensorship Norman Mailer is an American novelist notorious for his misogyny whose writing was critically analysed in Kate Millett's Sexual Politics in 1971. He describes the battle of publishers and their legal representatives against the obscenity laws in the late 1950s and early 1960s as being like the American Civil War.
These witnesses included eight literary academics, and respected novelists such as E. M. Forster. T. S. Eliot waited outside the court, as did many others, but was not called. The defence concentrated on proving that Lawrence's novel was clean and good, a kind of literary Epsom salts, rather than on literary merit.
The books considered to have literary merit were by men who wrote odes to the practice of aggressive male sexuality, several of which became the subject of obscenity trials in Britain or the US in the 1960s. They included the works of Henry Miller and Jean Genet, Lolita, and The Naked Lunch. , White Thighs, The Chariot of Flesh, The Story of O, Whipsdom and The Sexual Life of Robinson Crusoe. The result of Girodias' personal crusade to 'rehabilitate sex and eroticism' was that the books which were to form the core material of the anti-censorship platform were perfectly familiar to their male defenders despite the British censorship laws.