Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America

Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America

by Nancy L. Cohen


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“Perhaps if the Pill had never been invented, American politics would be very different today,” Nancy L. Cohen writes in her prescient new book, Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America

The 2012 election was supposed to be about the economy, but over the last few months it turned into a debate about sex and women’s rights. In Delirium, Cohen takes us on a gripping journey through the confounding and mysterious episodes of our recent politics to explain how we and why we got to this place. Along the way she explores such topics as why Bill Clinton was impeached over a private sexual affair; how George W. Bush won the presidency by stealth; why Hillary lost to Obama; why John McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his running mate; and what the 2012 presidential contest tells us about America today. She exposes the surprising role of right-wing women in undermining women’s rights, as well as explains how liberal men were complicit in letting it happen. Cohen uncovers the hidden history of an orchestrated, well-financed, ideologically powered shadow movement to turn back the clock on matters of gender equality and sexual freedom and how it has played a leading role in fueling America’s political wars. Delirium tells the story of this shadow movement and how we can restore common sense and sanity in our nation’s politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582438016
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Sex and Revolution 9

2 The Morning After 23

3 The Rise of the Sexual Fundamentalists 46

4 An Accidental Revolution 64

5 Lost 91

6 It's Feminism, Stupid 109

7 Just Say No 132

8 Out of the Shadows 148

9 The Starr Chamber 166

10 Rope-A-Dope 184

11 The Panic Season 213

12 Rorschach Tests 240

13 Rapture 265

14 Delirium 290

15 The Tea Party 314

16 Endgame 328

Epilogue 351

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