Writer: Linda Grant
Title: Sexing the Millennium
Subtitle: A Political History of the Sexual Revolution
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Year of Publication: 1993
Illustrations: 1 black and white picture of the writer on the dust jacket by Caroline Forbes
Jacket Illustration: John Holmes
Binding: Boards in colour dust jacket
Original Price: GBP 12.99
Entry No.: 2012032
Entry Date: 1st Octoberr 2012
Sex is under siege - sex is fighting back - sex has always been dangerous, to societies as well as individuals. It has always been the stuff around which utopias have been woven.
First there was the sexual revolution. Then the backlash: by feminism against pornography and by the right against the decline in moral values. But now sex is back in style. Madonna, porn for women, designer bondage: is this the shape of sex as we approach the year 2000?
Sexing the Millennium is the first serious attempt to examine the intellectual, economic and technological movements that formed the sexual revolution, from the sixties to the present day, charting the origins of sexual revolution in the anarchoerotic sects of the English Civil War, through the hippie idealism os xisties, counter-culture, to our present, postmodern bewildernment. Brilliantly written and brilliantly funny, it demolishes the wacky opportunism of West Coast communes through such luminaries as Jefferson Poland, who legally changed his middle name to Fuck.
But the memory of the brief years when sex was free from the threats of both pregnancy and disease continues to shape our dreams. Sexing the Millennium affirms that the personal is still political. In the age of Virtual Reality porn, it calls for a new sexual revolution - one which would at last liberate female desire from the thrall of male fantasy and allow women to pursue the passionate, erotic adventure of their own lives. Two decades after The Female Eunuch, this book should be read by all revolutionaries.