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Bad Girls – Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties

Amanda H. Littauer


This book looks at mid-century American sex and culture. It traces the origins of the “sexual revolution” of the 1960s. The book argues that sexual liberation was much more than a reaction to 1950s repression because it largely involved the mainstreaming of a counterculture already on the rise among girls and young women decades earlier. From World War II-era “victory girls” to teen lesbians in the 1940s and 1950s, these nonconforming women and girls navigated and resisted intense social and interpersonal pressures to fit existing mores, using the upheavals of the era to pursue new sexual free ... More

Keywords: sexual revolution, sexual liberation, victory girls, sexual freedoms, postwar society, sexual morality, sexual life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469623788
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda H. Littauer, author