Building on a new generation of research on postwar society, Littauer tells the history of diverse young women who stood at the center of major cultural change and helped transform a society bound by conservative sexual morality into one more open to individualism, plurality, and pleasure in modern sexual life.
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Amanda Littauer challenges the image of the sexually repressed 1950s, narrating the volatile stories of young women who found their voices and defied conventional morality. A much-needed and compelling exploration of the sexualized rebellion that catalyzed change in the years before the highly touted 'sexual revolution' of the 1960s.Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Loyola University Chicago
From victory girls and wartime prostitutes to teenage girls petting and going steady, American women in the mid-twentieth century challenged conceptions of sexual respectability. In a fresh and compelling book, Amanda Littauer reconsiders the roots of the transformation of U.S. sexual culture in the 1960s.Leila J. Rupp, University of California, Santa Barbara