In the 1970s sex was what mattered most to feminists. Gerhard asks why issues of sex and female pleasure came to matter so much to these "second-wave feminists." She shows how the radical ideas put forward by this generation of American women was a response to attempts to define and contain female sexuality going back to the beginning of the century.
"This fascinating book enriches history, women's/gender/sexuality studies, feminist theory, American studies curricula, and the libraries of advanced scholars. Gerhard deserves great credit for her skillful application of contemporary debates toward a creative interpretation of feminist and sexuality history." -- Judith A. Allen, Journal of American History