Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - History - 342 pages

This book is a collection of essays written during the 1980s and 1990s, generated as parts of other, larger activist efforts going on at the time. Read together, the essays trace the progress of the conversations between different activist groups, and between the authors of the pieces, Lisa Duggan and Nan Hunter, creating a bridge between feminists, gay activists, those in politics, and those in the law.

Since the 1995 publication of Sex Wars, the political landscape has altered significantly. Yet the issues (and essays) are still relevant today. The anniversary edition contains a new chapter dealing with the changes in the law since the book's publication (Lawrence v. Texas, for example).

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Contextualizing the Sexuality Debates
15
Chapter 2 Censorship in the Name of Feminism
29
Section I Sexual Dissent and Representation
41
Chapter 3 False Promises
43
Chapter 4 Feminist Historians and Antipornography Campaigns
65
Chapter 5 Sex Panics
71
Chapter 6 Banned in the USA
77
Sectiton II Sexual Dissent and the Law
83
Section III Sexual Dissent Activism and the Academy
147
Chapter 12 Making It Perfectly Queer
149
Chapter 13 Scholars and Sense
165
Chapter 14 Queering the State
171
Chapter 15 The Discipline Problem
185
Section IV Sexual Dissent in the New Millennium
211
Chapter 18 Holy Matrimony
221
Chapter 19 Beyond Gay Marriage
231

Chapter 7 Life After Hardwick
85
Chapter 8 Sexual Dissent and the Family
99
Chapter 9 Marriage Law and Gender
105
Chapter 10 Identity Speech and Equality
119
Chapter 11 Historys Gay Ghetto
137
Appendix
239
Notes
277
Index
335
Back cover
343
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Lisa Duggan is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at New York University. She was founding member of the Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force, and has written widely on sexual politics.
Nan D. Hunter is Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. She is a widely recognized authority on health law issues such as productive rights, AIDS, and consumer protection. She is a former lawyer for the ACLU, where she was a founding director of Projects on Lesbian and Gay Rights and AIDS.

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