Chastity for democracy: Surplus repression and the rhetoric of sex education

  title={Chastity for democracy: Surplus repression and the rhetoric of sex education},
  author={Casey Ryan Kelly},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Speech},
  pages={353 - 375}
  • C. Kelly
  • Published 29 July 2016
  • Sociology
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech
ABSTRACT Moving from opposition to participation, the Adolescent Family Life Act (1981) and the development of abstinence education marks the conservative movement's pivot to a rhetorical strategy of tolerance that enabled it to coopt the public culture of sex discourse. Working from Herbert Marcuse's theory of “surplus repression,” I argue that the New Right seized the liberationist argument for open public discourse about sexuality to sublimate libidinal desires into a national project of… 

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