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Dennis Altman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226016061

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.001.0001

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The (Re)Discovery of Sex

The (Re)Discovery of Sex

(p.52) Four The (Re)Discovery of Sex
Global Sex
University of Chicago Press

Within rich societies over the past few decades there has been a marked politicization of sex. This is a product of both consumer capitalism and political movements. Within the scale of roughly a generation the “double standard” has moved from being “taken for granted” to a central concern in relations between women and men, as women have demanded the right to social and economic equality, and along with this equal access to pleasure and protection from harassment. The rapidity of the changes is marked yet again by the marital histories of the British royals. At the same time the open expression of homosexuality has gone from being a radical political gesture to a phenomenon associated with niche marketing to the extent that some theorists speak of a “postgay” world, meaning one in which sexual identities no longer have political significance.

Keywords:   consumer capitalism, political movement, economic equality, homosexuality, sexual identity

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