How Was It For You?: Women, Sex, Love and Power in the 1960s (Hardback)Virginia Nicholson (author)
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"A feeling that we could do whatever we liked swept through us in the 60s..."
The sexual revolution liberated a generation. But men most of all.
We tend to think of the 60s as a decade sprinkled with stardust: a time of space travel and utopian dreams, but above all of sexual abandonment. When the pill was introduced on the NHS in 1961 it seemed, for the first time, that women - like men - could try without buying.
"It was paradise for men... all these willing girls..."
But this book describes a turbulent power struggle.
Here are the voices from the battleground. Meet dollybird Mavis, debutante Kristina, Beryl who sang with the Beatles, bunny girl Patsy, Christian student Anthea, industrial campaigner Mary and countercultural Caroline. From Carnaby Street to Merseyside, from mods to rockers, from white gloves to Black is Beautiful, their stories throw an unsparing spotlight on morals, four-letter words, faith, drugs, race, bomb culture and sex.
This is a moving, shocking book about tearing up the world and starting again. It's about peace, love, psychedelia and strange pleasures, but it is also about misogyny, violation and discrimination - half a century before feminism rebranded. For out of the swamp of gropers and groupies, a movement was emerging, and discovering a new cause: equality.
The 1960s: this was where it all began. Women would never be the same again.
"A ground-breaking book, richly nuanced with titbits of information, insight and understanding" Daily Mail on Singled Out
"A tremendous achievement... a triumph of research and organisation - but also of sympathy" Observer on Millions Like Us
"An important and humane book of female social history" The Times on Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 496
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
An important and humane book of female social history * The Times on Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes *
A ground-breaking book, richly nuanced with titbits of information, insight and understanding * Daily Mail on Singled Out *
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