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Sexual Revolutions in CubaPassion, Politics, and Memory$
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Carrie Hamilton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835197

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882511_hamilton

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Introduction: Sex, Politics, and Oral History in Cuba

Introduction: Sex, Politics, and Oral History in Cuba

(p.1) Introduction: Sex, Politics, and Oral History in Cuba
Sexual Revolutions in Cuba

Carrie Hamilton

University of North Carolina Press

This book presents an exploration of the history of sexuality in Cuba from the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 to the early twenty-first century. During these five decades the Cuban revolutionary regime intervened in citizens' sexual lives in myriad ways: through policy and legal reform, mass education programs, pronouncements of leaders on the relationship between good revolutionaries and good sexual subjects, incentives to encourage certain forms of sexual union, and repressive methods to discourage and punish others. Above all, the enormous economic, political, and social upheaval ushered in by the Revolution brought transformation to all areas of life, including the family, reproduction, sexual values, and intimate relationships. Cuban sexual ideology did not change overnight after 1959. New revolutionary values continued to coexist with prerevolutionary ones, in a potent and often contradictory mix of the old and the new.

Keywords:   history of sexuality, Cuba, Revolution, Cuban revolutionary regime, sexual lives, Cuban sexual ideology

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