Delirium: how the sexual counterrevolution is polarizing America

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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.
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Americans are coming to wonder what happened to hope and change. How did we get here, to this divisive paralysis, in what was supposed to be a new era of progressive change? How did we get from Barack Obama's historic victory in 2008, to the Republican sweep of Congress just two years later, to the Republicans' unexpected post-election preoccupation with gays, sex, birth control, and abortion?

From the Age of Nixon to the Age of Obama, one of the prime forces fueling America's political wars has been the reaction against the sexual revolution and the progressive movements which emerged from it, most notably feminism and gay rights. In Delirium, Nancy Cohen charts the birth of the sexual counterrevolution: how conflicts about sex, women's rights and women's roles, gay civil rights, and family values, drove Americans into irreconcilable camps, polarized national politics, split and remade our political parties, and unhinged the nation. It explores a determining facet of our political debate and will become required reading as we enter the 2012 presidential election season.

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subject_facet Feminism -- United States -- History, Right and left (Political science) -- United States -- History, Sex -- Social aspects -- United States, Social change -- United States, United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-
table_of_contents Sex and revolution -- The morning after -- The rise of the sexual fundamentalists -- An accidental revolution -- Lost -- It's feminism, stupid -- Just say no -- Out of the shadows -- The Starr chamber -- Rope-a-dope -- The panic season -- The Rorschach tests -- Rapture -- Delirium -- The tea party -- End game.
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title Delirium : how the sexual counterrevolution is polarizing America
title_display Delirium : how the sexual counterrevolution is polarizing America
title_full Delirium : how the sexual counterrevolution is polarizing America / Nancy L. Cohen, Delirium How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America
title_short Delirium :
title_sort delirium how the sexual counterrevolution is polarizing america
title_sub how the sexual counterrevolution is polarizing America
topic Feminism United States History, Nonfiction, Politics, Right and left (Political science) United States History, Sex Social aspects United States, Social change United States, United States Politics and government 2009-
topic_facet Feminism, History, Nonfiction, Politics, Politics and government, Right and left (Political science), Sex, Social aspects, Social change