Powers of Desire

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NYU Press, 1983 - Literary Criticism - 489 pages
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This provocative anthology brings together a diverse group of well-known feminist and gay writers, historians, and activists. They are concerned not only with current sexual issues-abortion, pornography, reproductive and gay rights-but they also raise a host of new issues and questions: How, and in what ways, is sexuality political? Is the struggle for sexual freedom a complement to other struggles for liberation, or will it detract from them? Has the sexual revolution diminished or enriched the lives of women?
 

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This is a collection of essays ranging from historical analysis to political commentary. Excellent academic, feminist collection about sex and sexuality. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
8
SECTION I
49
Historical Notes
74
Lesbian and Gay
88
Capitalism and Gay Identity John DEmilio
100
SECTION II
115
Greenwich Village
131
The New Woman and the Rationalization of Sexuality
153
SECTION IV
277
Outside the Operating Room of the SexChange Doctor
300
Street Dream 1 Sharon Thompson
308
Women Rape
328
Hearts of Darkness Barbara Omolade
350
SECTION V
369
The Teacher Carole Rosenthal
385
Sexual Silences
394

SECTION III
173
Sexuality in Bonding Patterns
206
theyre always curious Irena Klepfisz
228
The Historical Context of
229
Just Came Out Pregnant Felicita Garcia
236
Pornography for Women Is Different
245
Issues and Answers Myra Goldberg
264
Garden Paths Descents Sharon Thompson
270
In the Morning Jayne Cortez
406
Current Controversies
417
The New Feminism of Yin and Yang Alice Echols
439
Feminism Moralism and Pornography Ellen Willis
460
My Mother Liked to Fuck Joan Nestle
468
The Fear That Feminism Will Free Men First
477
Notes on Contributors
485
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Christine Stansell, a professor of history at Princeton University, is the author of "City of Women: Sex & Class in New York City, 1789-1860". Her essays & reviews appear regularly in The New Republic & The London Review of Books. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.