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Author: Frank Bongiorno

Title: The Sex Lives of Australians

Subtitle: A History

Place: Collingwood

Publisher: Black Inc.

Year: 2012

Pages: xv + 352pp.

ISBN-13: 9781863955676 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781921870668 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century, 20th Century | Oceanian History: Australian History


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Author: Frank Bongiorno, School of History, Australian National


  Chapter 1. Founding Sexualities
  Chapter 2. The Victorian Scene
  Chapter 3. A Pleasant Amusement?
  Chapter 4. The Foe within Ourselves
  Chapter 5. Tabbies, Amateurs and the Cream of Australian Manhood
  Chapter 6. Fast Times
  Chapter 7. War and Peace
  Chapter 8. Sexual Revolution
  Chapter 9. Toleration, Liberation, Backlash
  Picture Section

Description: »Cross-dressing colonists, effeminate bushrangers and women-shortage woes – here is the first ever history of sex in Australia, from Botany Bay to the present-day.
In this highly readable social history, Frank Bongiorno uses striking examples to chart the changing sex lives of Australians. He shows how an overwhelmingly male penal colony gave rise to a rough and ready culture: the scarcity of women made for strange bedfellows, and the female minority was both powerful and vulnerable.
Then came the Victorian era, in which fears of sodomy helped bring an end to the transportation of convicts. The twentieth century saw the rise of the sex expert. Tracing the story up to the present, Bongiorno shows how the quest for respectability always has another side to it, and how the contraceptive pill changed so much. Along the way he raises some intriguing questions – What did it mean to be a ‘mate’? How did modern warfare affect soldiers’ attitudes to sex? Why did the law ignore lesbianism for so long? – and introduces some remarkable characters, both reformers and radicals. This is a thought-provoking story of sex in Australia.« (Source: Black Inc.)


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