The Politics of Sex: Prostitution and Pornography in Australia Since 1945

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 7, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
Barbara Sullivan examines the ways in which the politico-legal systems addressed to the sex industry have responded to changes in society's attitudes towards prostitution and pornography. The book examines statutes, parliamentary debate at state and federal levels, and legal discourse, moving beyond standard and familiar descriptions of the case for and against increased regulation. Sullivan never loses sight of the broader societal context, however, and looks at changing attitudes to what is normal and abnormal sexual conduct. The book uses examples from newspaper stories, controversial novels and films, and demographic statistics to tell its story. It presents a number of familiar cases that highlight issues of censorship and the question of literature versus pornography. The Politics of Sex also critiques debates about prostitution and pornography that have been central to feminism.
 

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Contents

Marking Danger Prostitution and Pornography Before 1945
15
A New Moral Economy? The Immediate PostWar Years 194555
38
The Sexual Revolution
67
The Sexual Revolution and Pornography 195569
69
Revolutionary Limits Governing Prostitution 195569
97
Libertarian Moments 197075
125
After the Revolution
161
New Sexual Politics 197588
163
Current Issues
199
Conclusion
237
Notes
245
Bibliography
254
Index
270
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