The Politics of Sex: Prostitution and Pornography in Australia Since 1945

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 7, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
This political history of the sex industry in Australia cogently presents all sides of a complex and changing debate. It looks at how prostitution and pornography are regulated, and how debates about them are produced. Sullivan examines political and legal discourse in the broader societal context of changing attitudes to sexual conduct. Using a broad range of examples from newspapers to films to demographics, the book highlights questions of censorship and of literature vs. pornography. It also offers a critique of feminist debates.
 

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Contents

Marking Danger Prostitution and Pornography Before 1945
15
A New Moral Economy? The Immediate PostWar Years 194555
38
The Sexual Revolution
67
The Sexual Revolution and Pornography 195569
69
Revolutionary Limits Governing Prostitution 195569
97
Libertarian Moments 197075
125
After the Revolution
161
New Sexual Politics 197588
163
Current Issues
199
Conclusion
237
Notes
245
Bibliography
254
Index
270
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