WHY WE LOST THE SEX WARS hybrid event at Civic Media Center with Lorna Bracewell

Lorna Bracewell will join the Civic Media Center on Saturday, June 4, for a discussion of her new book, WHY WE LOST THE SEX WARS.
When Jun 04, 2022
from 18:30 PM to 20:30 PM
Where 433 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601
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Reexamining feminist sexual politics since the 1970s—the rivalries and the remarkable alliancesLorna Bracewell will join the Civic Media Center in person and online on Saturday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. EST for a discussion of her new book, Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era. 

Tickets for this hybrid event can be purchased here (sliding scale). Registrants will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link should they like to attend virtually.

To better understand today’s multilayered sexual politics, Lorna N. Bracewell offers a revisionist history of the “sex wars” of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Rather than focusing on what divided antipornography and sex-radical feminists, Bracewell highlights significant points of contact and overlap between these rivals and leverages this recovered history to illuminate a range of current phenomena in provocative ways.

"An illuminating retelling of this period of American feminist history." —The New Yorker

"A timely revisionist scholarly history certain to spark debate." —Kirkus Reviews

"Why We Lost the Sex Wars is a fascinating read. It provides a gripping social history of both feminist movement and of feminist political theory, including archival research into interviews and writings that current feminist ‘legends’ did as graduate students. This is intertwined with incisive and creative theoretical analysis of the arguments offered in courts, conferences, and publications. Lorna N. Bracewell shows that the so-called ‘sex wars’ were not warlike, nor a clear-cut duality, but rather multiple and complex, and that these debates and arguments still influence feminism and feminist theory today. In Bracewell’s account of the central role that feminists of color played, which is often overlooked, is particularly insightful and important. This book is essential reading for all of us interested in the history of late-twentieth-century feminism and in understanding how we got to where we are today."—Nancy Hirschmann, author of Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory

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