This thoughtful and accessible book provides a critical examination of the central debates attached to conceptualizing sexuality as a site of knowledge and politics. These are explored in chapters on the meaning of heterosexuality, sexual citizenship and the associated notions of sexual rights and obligations, queer theory and its relationship with feminisms, both `new' and `old'. Also included is discussion of responses to the HIV//AIDS epidemic and the implications for understandings of gender and sexuality.

From Lesbian Nation to Queer Nation: Sexual Politics and Social Change
From lesbian nation to queer nation: Sexual politics and social change

In this chapter I want to consider certain aspects of the development of sexual politics over the last thirty years: a particularly active period with interesting shifts in notions of both identity and political practice. I also want to examine how far the emergence of queer theory and activism represents a break with earlier social movements concerned with sexuality as is often claimed.

The late 1960s and 1970s was undoubtedly one of the most important periods in the history of sexual politics this century. This was a time which saw the revival of feminism and the emergence of lesbian and gay liberation movements, at the ...

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