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This article examines several sex manuals from Nicolae CeauÅescuâs Romania for the ideologically-infused sex norms they contain. These manuals constructed a sexual ideal that located pleasure in the marital couple rather than in the individual, deï¬ning ânormal sexualityâ as heterosexual and privileging its collective signiï¬cance as an act for reproduction over the experience of pleasure by an individual. This collective model of pleasure was key to the construction of the communist subject as a member of a collective rather than as an autonomous individual. While this collective subject had roots in Romanian pre-communist traditions, communist sex experts rejected conventional gender roles according to which women are subordinate to men. Subsequent comparisons with contemporaneous American sex manuals reveal that the Romanian communist discourse on pleasure diï¬ered signiï¬cantly from that of popular American sex advice of the same period. KEYWORDS: Romania, Communist period, sexuality, sex manuals, subjectivity, gender, cultural history Introduction Over the past three decades historians have increasingly abandoned the public-private dichotomy in identifying topics worthy of historical study. In response to gay liberation movements and Michel Foucaultâs The History of Sexuality (1976â1984), the study of sexuality has emerged as a vibrant new ï¬eld in history.1 Surprisingly li le,
Aspasia – Berghahn Books
Published: Mar 1, 2010
Keywords: Antifašistički front žena (AFŽ); Croatia; cultural memory; gender; Second World War; television; war propaganda; Women’s Antifascist Front; World War II
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