Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution” as Want to Read:
Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution

by
4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
The sexual revolution of the 1960's and 1970's is generally considered a time when the women's movement made great strides. In this provocative book, Sheila Jeffreys argues that this much heralded sexual freedom did not constitute any real gain for women but continued the tradition of their oppression. At the root of sexual liberation, Jeffreys finds an increasing eroticiz ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by New York University Press (first published 1990)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Anticlimax, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Anticlimax

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kathleen O'Neal
Jun 09, 2014 Kathleen O'Neal rated it really liked it
Sheila Jeffreys is not as well known, at least in the United States, as other late second wave radical feminist theorists such as Mary Daly, Andrea Dworkin, and Catharine MacKinnon. However, Jeffreys is perhaps the best late second wave radical feminist writer to read if one wants a clear understanding of those features of the ideology which have rightly alienated subsequent feminist and LGBTQ positive thinkers as well as the important insights of late second wave radical feminism which third w ...more
Doreen
Oct 16, 2014 Doreen rated it it was amazing
What and whose sexual revolution? Sheila Jeffreys writes with stunning insight about this anticlimactic revolution which supports male supremacy and does nothing to liberate women's sexuality. First wave feminists called this male dominated approach to "free love" the "omni-sexual virus". Any one, any time, any where is fair game. Why resist male dominant vs. female submissive sexuality being repackaged as revolutionary? Read this book and find out why.
Amanda
Amanda rated it it was amazing
Dec 20, 2016
Molly Octopus
Molly Octopus rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2015
Anthony
Anthony rated it really liked it
Aug 26, 2012
Cornfed
Cornfed rated it it was amazing
Aug 20, 2012
C.
C. rated it really liked it
Jan 09, 2013
Angela
Angela rated it really liked it
Jul 29, 2012
Dani Tauni
Dani Tauni rated it really liked it
Jun 26, 2014
Brookes
Brookes rated it really liked it
Oct 20, 2012
Katy
Katy rated it it was amazing
Nov 01, 2012
Lara Williams
Lara Williams rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2011
Moldi
Moldi rated it really liked it
Dec 19, 2016
Elizabeth
Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Nov 21, 2013
Lypiphera Anguisette
Lypiphera Anguisette rated it did not like it
Nov 20, 2013
raina
raina rated it it was amazing
Mar 26, 2009
Ceren
Ceren rated it it was amazing
Aug 03, 2015
diana
diana rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2012
Susan
Susan rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2014
Maya
Maya rated it really liked it
Dec 06, 2012
Mleig
Mleig rated it it was amazing
Feb 24, 2009
Stef
Stef rated it really liked it
Jan 13, 2008
Brianna Pack
Brianna Pack rated it really liked it
Nov 20, 2016
Heathyr
Heathyr rated it it was amazing
Sep 22, 2015
E
E rated it really liked it
Dec 08, 2014
Tolga Ulusoy
Tolga Ulusoy rated it really liked it
Sep 15, 2015
Cathy
Cathy rated it it was amazing
Jun 05, 2012
Rain
Rain rated it liked it
Jul 31, 2016
Kripaluyogateacher
Kripaluyogateacher rated it it was amazing
Aug 10, 2016
Sheikh Tajamul
Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it
Apr 17, 2016
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Right Wing Women
  • Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
  • Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice
  • Only Words
  • Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Porn Industry
  • Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism
  • Man Made Language
  • The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
  • Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory
  • Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography
  • Sexual Politics
  • Varat och varan: Prostitution, surrogatmödraskap och den delade människan
  • Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement
  • The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy
336478
Sheila Jeffreys writes and teaches in the areas of sexual politics, international gender politics, and lesbian and gay politics. She has written six books on the history and politics of sexuality. Originally from the UK, Sheila moved to Melbourne in 1991 to take up a position at the University of Melbourne. She has been actively involved in feminist and lesbian feminist politics, particularly arou ...more
More about Sheila Jeffreys...

Share This Book



“The main problem for women trying to emulate male sexuality is that as a ruling-class sexuality, it is constructed around the fact that they have a subordinate class on whom to act sexually. Women are that subordinate class. The elements that constitute male sexuality depend upon the possession of ruling-class status such as objectification, aggression, and the separation of sex from loving emotion. Women are bound to be unsuccessful in seeking to acquire a form of sexuality which depends upon the possession of ruling-class power. It might be possible for some lesbians to seek a close emulation of ruling-class sexuality because they are able to practise on other women. Heterosexual women cannot practise ruling-class sexuality on men because they are not the ruling class. All that heterosexual women are in a position to do is to accommodate male sexual interests... In male supremacy men's sexual access to women gives them power and status. It does not make much difference who initiates the act, the men still gain the advantage.” 2 likes
“It should not be a surprise to find that s/m fantasy is significant in women's sex lives. Women may be born free but they are born into a system of subordination. We are not born into equality and do not have equality to eroticise. We are not born into power and do not have power to eroticise. We are born into subordination and it is in subordination that we learn our sexual and emotional responses. It would be surprising indeed if any woman reared under male supremacy was able to escape the forces constructing her into a member of an inferior slave class.” 1 likes
More quotes…