'A politically non-dangerous revolution is not a revolution' : critical readings of the concept of sexual revolution by Yugoslav feminists in the 1970s
Title: 'A politically non-dangerous revolution is not a revolution' : critical readings of the concept of sexual revolution by Yugoslav feminists in the 1970s
Author: LORAND, Zsofia
Citation: European review of history ; Revue européenne d histoire, 2015, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 120-137
ISSN: 1350-7486; 1469-8293
This article probes the issues of the "sexual revolution" and "feminism" in the context of Yugoslavia in the 1970s and early 1980s. By the time feminists in that country started to organise themselves in the 1970s, the concept of the "sexual revolution" had become subject to broader discussions. In this article, I demonstrate that the new feminist discourse in Yugoslavia was critical of the position of women in the country, while articulating an ambivalent attitude towards the idea of the "sexual revolution": In dealing with diverse issues, such as women's sexuality and pornography, these feminists realised the concept's subversive potential, but also questioned its automatically emancipatory nature for women. In addition, as part of my conceptual analysis, I will also detect some of the intellectual influences adopted by the new Yugoslav feminists from their US-American and West European counterparts. The critical or approving reflection on the Yugoslav feminists on these positions the Yugoslav feminists in a dialogical and cooperative, however also distinctive place vis-à-vis the Western second waves.
Published online: 24 December 2014; Special issue on 'The personal is political' : sexuality, gender and the Left in Europe during the 1970s
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