This chapter presents the debate over who could claim sex power and the confusion about the norms of American sex that create a problem. Although sexual identity was no more articulated than sexual practice, sexuality became part of one's identity, something one was rather than something one did, given the complex intermingling of the languages of sex previously stratified by race and class. In this identification of the self as sexed, one question remains: Is women's sex expression unconscious instinct or sexual self-consciousness? That is, can women claim sexual desire as part of their identity, and if so, what sort of sex expressions will result? One way to answer these questions about the state of sexuality is to return to V. F. Calverton's Sex Expression in Literature.
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