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Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution

Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective
on the Sexual Revolution
Sheila JeffreysNew York University Press1990

The sexual revolution of the 1960’s and 1970’s is generally considered a time when the women’s movement made great strides. In this provocative book, Sheila Jeffreys argues that this much heralded sexual freedom did not constitute any real gain for women but continued the tradition of their oppression. At the root of sexual liberation, Jeffreys finds an increasing eroticization of power differences within the heterosexual, lesbian, and gay communities.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: The 1950s
… Marriage Guidance
… Women’s New Equality
… The Eroticising of the Housewife
… The Single Woman
… Anti-Lesbianism

Chapter 2: Decensorship
… Literary Merit
… The Naked Lunch
… Lolita

Chapter 3: The Sexual Revolution
… The Joy of Sex
… Swinging
… Masters and Johnson and Sex Therapy

Chapter 4: The Failure of Gay Liberation
… A False Dawn
… Transvestism, Transsexualism and Gay Liberation
… Paedophilia
… Sadomasochism

Chapter 5: Feminism and Sexuality
… The Days of Innocence
… The Days of Experience
… Pornography
… The Backlash

Chapter 6: Creating the Sexual Future
… Heterosexuality as an Institution
… Heterosexual Desire
… Homosexual Desire