Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution by Sheila Jeffreys

By Sheila Jeffreys

The sexual revolution of the 1960's and 1970's is mostly thought of a time whilst the women's stream made nice strides. during this provocative booklet, Sheila Jeffreys argues that this a lot heralded sexual freedom didn't represent any genuine achieve for ladies yet endured the culture in their oppression. on the root of sexual liberation, Jeffreys reveals an expanding eroticization of energy adjustments in the heterosexual, lesbian, and homosexual communities.

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Female sexual inversion is therefore becoming an increasingly important problem. It is believed by some that women are becoming rapidly defeminised as a result of their overdesire for emancipation, and that this 'psychic masculinisation' of modern women is causing them to become frigid . 121 It is interesting to speculate what an 'overdesire for emancipation' could possibly consist of. He produced what he saw as conclusive evidence of the masculinisation of women. This consisted of wearing 'masculine-tailored clothes' and the 'smoking habit' which were signs of 'psychic masculinity'.

He commented that it might only be a coincidence 'but a significant one' that the lesbians he interviewed were 'for the large Thomas V. Moore, ‘The pathogenesis and treatment of homosexual disorders; a digest of some pertinent evidence’, in Journal of Personality, vol. XIV, Sept. 1945, p. 57. 120 Samuel Steward, in James Barr, Quatrefoil, Alyson Publications, Boston, 1982, p. xi. 121 Frank Caprio, op. , p. 188. 122 General defeminisation could lead to 'the susceptibility of many women to a homosexual way of thinking'.

The designers of the Act assured their critics that it was not intended to cover works of acknowledged literary or artistic merit. No definition of obscenity was offered at the time. In 1868 what became the standard test of obscenity was formulated in the judgment of Chief Justice Cockburn in the Hicklin case. 7 The Cockburn test remained the basis of English obscenity law until the Obscene Publications Act of 1959. It was adopted in the US 11 years after it was formulated in Britain. It was in the 1950s that the obscenity laws came under attack.

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