Sexing the Millennium: Women and the Sexual Revolution

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9780802115492: Sexing the Millennium: Women and the Sexual Revolution

A cultural analysis of the origins and effects of the sexual revolution advocates the continuing need for women to have a free and active erotic life as an integral part of female power and autonomy. 15,000 first printing.

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Sexing the Millennium is the first major attempt to analyze the cultural explosion that was the sexual revolution. It is an insightful and profound overview of our sexual psyche over the past thirty years and a frank investigation of both liberation and libertinism, in which Linda Grant eloquently argues the need for an eroticized female life. Joan Smith has said that "Linda Grant is on the side of sex and on the side of women", and Sexing the Millennium is a compellingly thorough examination of the colossal social shifts catalyzed by that brief period when sex was free from the threats of both pregnancy and disease. Brilliantly written, Sexing the Millennium charts the origins of sexual freedom from the Ranters' seventeenth-century belief in sex as a liberating agent to the hippie idealism of sixties counterculture - group marriage, politicized promiscuity, organized orgies - to the intellectual backlash of the seventies and, as we stand nervously in the shadow of AIDS, to our present, postmodern obsession: voyeurism. Along the way, Grant examines the full impact of the Pill and its origins, medically, scientifically, and socially, as well as the contemporaneous political movements and changes: the decline of the Catholic church, the rise in experimental living communities, the female desire to achieve the stereotypical male freedom for pleasure that was so enthusiastically endorsed by men. On the heels of heated debate about the backlash against women, Grant examines the rise in violent sex crimes, the prevalence of misogyny, the brutality of porn, and the rarer but compelling phenomenon of violent female response. Emerging from the failed attempt to merge male and female intosomething androgynous and liberated, and from a lack of interest in co-opting traditional male pleasure forms, women are reconstructing their weapons and desires. A seminal and deeply probing examination of the period when sex seemed like a kind of solution, this book is a forward-looking analysis of why, although sex alone did not spell freedom and equality for women, it was a crucial platform from which to foresee the construction of an autonomous female empowerment. "Perhaps", Grant writes, "sex is just the ghost of freedom - but, until we have Utopia, it can speak eloquently of what the heart desires".

From Kirkus Reviews:

In her first book, British journalist Linda Grant has written a lively and anecdotally rich account of sexual revolutions past and present. Though flawed, it will be of interest to all who share her egalitarian commitment to the expression and pursuit of desire. Grant argues that, throughout history, there have been two types of sexually revolutionary impulses: the libertine, which sees sex as the pursuit of individual fulfillment, with an often Sadean disregard for society (or lovers), and the millenarian, which sees sexual liberation as a crucial, though not sufficient, part of a utopian vision of a freer, more humane world. Unfortunately, Grant's narrative is at times illogical and strays from historical context; one impulsive leap from St. Augustine to John Rock (the Catholic doctor who invented the oral contraceptive) in less than half a page typifies the chaos of her presentation. This erraticism partly stems from Grant's exuberant scope, which encompasses sexual radicalism from the 17th-century Ranters to Camille Paglia. Though dispirited by the continuing sexual violence against women, the disintegration of ecstatic '60s idealism into the suburban ``swinging'' of the '70s, and, far more amusingly, Madonna's cynical, market-driven postfeminism, Grant believes that we still have the creativity and the desire ``to create an ethical society in which we would act out the passionate adventure of our lives.'' She declares the beginning of a new sexual revolution, which unlike any in the past, is about ``the mapping of the female sexual psyche by women and for women.'' Historians will, rightly, be skeptical of many of Grant's far- fetched comparisons and rash generalizations, but Sexing the Millennium does make a provocative, passionate, and entertaining contribution to current sexual debates. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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