By Sheila Jeffreys
The sexual revolution of the 1960's and 1970's is mostly thought of a time whilst the women's flow made nice strides. during this provocative e-book, Sheila Jeffreys argues that this a lot heralded sexual freedom didn't represent any actual achieve for ladies yet persisted the culture in their oppression. on the root of sexual liberation, Jeffreys reveals an expanding eroticization of energy alterations in the heterosexual, lesbian, and homosexual communities.
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Extra resources for Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution
In the current wave of feminism the importance of women's friendship has again become a strong theme of feminist theory, particularly in the recent work by Janice G. Raymond, A Passion for Friends: Towards a Philosophy of Female Affection. 92 She advocates that: Esther Harding, The Way of All Women, Longmans Green, London, 1939 (first published 1933), p. 104. 89 Laura Hutton, The Single Woman and Her Emotional Problems, Ballière, Tindall and Cox, London, 1937 (first published 1933), p. 104. , p.
P. 116. 96 Hutton, op. , p. 104. 93 94 33 Sheila Jeffreys | 1990 Anticlimax resentment and vague guilty feeling, the last particularly if the sexual nature of the emotional-cum-physical excitement is dimly divined. 97 But Hutton does not recommend repression. She explains how physical affection between friends can lead to sexual expression and sees this as quite reasonable. 98 It was quite harmless so long as there was no 'excess' and prolongation of stimulation, without climax. This may not sound very exciting but it is a vast improvement on the outrage of male sexologists.
The inability to conceive of woman except in relation to man. In her Dedication Smith bemoaned the frequency with which the desirable woman was 'committed to the ranks of the surplus, whilst the less worthy is chosen in marriage'; the book was dedicated to these 'desirable women'. In her writing she seems to seek an understanding of the unkind fate which has Margery Fry, The Single Woman, Delisle, London, 1953, p. 14. , p. 26. , p. 43. 106 107 36 Sheila Jeffreys | 1990 Anticlimax relegated her to the surplus.