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Sexuality and Class Struggle

Reiche, Reimut
Publisher:  New Left Books, London, United Kingdom
Year Published:  1970   First Published:  1968
Pages:  175pp  
Resource Type:  Book

A study of sexual issues in the emergence of the extra-parliamentary left in West Germany during the 1960s. Reiche develops a theoretical view of the evolution of sexuality in the West.


Table of Contents

Authors' note

1. What has Class Struggle to do with Sexuality?

2. The Changing Role of Sexual Oppression
Repressive role of sexuality in early and in classic capitalism
Manipulative integration of sexuality in late capitalism

3. The Enforcement of Sexual Conformity
Differences in male and female sexual practice
Class differences in contemporary sexual practice
The class function of sex education

4. The Repressive Conquest of Modern Nervous Illness
Perpetual puberty and free-floating sexuality
Narcissism and the genital facade

5. Examples of Late-Capitalist Sexual Practice
Promiscuity as the completion of marriage
Dating as preparation for marriage
Latent homosexuality and the 'convergence' of the sexes

6. Defensive Action Against Repressive Desublimation

7. Current Problems of Defensive Action
'Total sexual freedom'
The politics of puberty
The Communes
Love and fidelity

Postscript 1970


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