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Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality

@inproceedings{Snitow1983PowersOD,
  title={Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality},
  author={Ann Barr Snitow and Christine Stansell and Sharon Thompson},
  year={1983}
}
This provocative anthology brings together a diverse group of well-known feminist and gay writers, historians, and activists. They are concerned not only with current sexual issues-abortion, pornography, reproductive and gay rights-but they also raise a host of new issues and questions: How, and in what ways, is sexuality political? Is the struggle for sexual freedom a complement to other struggles for liberation, or will it detract from them? Has the sexual revolution diminished or enriched… 
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