TITLE

Sex and the Single Decade

AUTHOR(S)
Whitfield, Stephen J.
PUB. DATE
December 2000
SOURCE
American Literary History;Winter2000, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p771
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the extent of social control in the 1950s in the U.S. Social control left little breathing space for the cultivation of difference. In no other decade of the century, before or since, did religion enjoy such uncontested prestige; and the populace was expected to be locked into an upright position. Sex roles were supposed to be sharply circumscribed: men were men, and women were housewives. Historians have understood the 1950s as suspended between two polarities. Rigidity would provoke recoil, and the excesses of homogeneity and authority would elicit irrepressible yearnings for pleasure and freedom. Because the exigencies of conformism imposed so much strain, fissures, paradoxes, and subversion would be exposed in the following decade.
ACCESSION #
16012976

 

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