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The aftermath of Algeria's revolutionary war for independence coincided with the sexual revolution in France, and in this book Todd Shepard argues that these two movements are inextricably linked. Sex, France, and Arab Men is a history of how and why-from the upheavals of French Algeria in 1962 through the 1970s-highly sexualized claims about Arabs were omnipresent in important public French discussions, both those that dealt with sex and those that spoke of Arabs. Shepard explores how the so-called sexual revolution took shape in a France profoundly influenced by the ongoing effects of the Algerian revolution. Shepard's analysis of both events alongside one another provides a frame that renders visible the ways that the fight for sexual liberation, usually explained as an American and European invention, developed out of the worldwide anticolonial movement of the mid-twentieth century.
Frontmatter Contents INTRODUCTION. Sex Talk and the Post- Algerian History of France ONE. The Far Right and the Reinvigoration of Sexual Orientalism in Post- Decolonization France TWO. May '68, "Arab Perversion," and Anti- Arab Racism THREE. The Algerian Revolution and Arab Men in the Fight for Sexual Revolution FOUR. Homosociality, "Human Contact," and the Specter of the Arab Man in the Post-'68 French Gay World FIVE. Prostitution and the Arab Man, 1945- 1975: Algerian Pimps and the "Takeover" of the "Whores of France" SIX. Prostitution and the Arab Man, 1962-1979: Prostitutes, Arab Clients, and "The Traffi c in White Women" SEVEN. Power, Resistance, and Sodomy in Post- Algerian France EIGHT. Rape as Metaphor in the 1970s NINE. Rape as Act in the 1970s CONCLUSION. The Erotics of Algerian Difference, 1979/2016 Bibliography Index
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