|Emne||Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies; Feminism & feminist theory; Sociology: sexual relations; USA|
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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 AmericaThe 2012 election was supposed to be about the economy, but over the last few months it turned into a debate about sex and womens 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 womens 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 Americas political wars. Delirium tells the story of this shadow movement and how we can restore common sense and sanity in our nations politics.