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Desiring Revolution

Second-Wave Feminism and the Rewriting of Twentieth-Century American Sexual Thought

By Jane Gerhard

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Jane Gerhard is lecturer in history and literature at Harvard University.


"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