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Ellen Willis and Nona Willis Aronowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681204

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.001.0001

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Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life

Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life

(p.64) Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life
The Essential Ellen Willis

Nona Willis Aronowitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines two kinds of sex in everyday life: classical and baroque. Classical sex is romantic, profound, serious, emotional, moral, mysterious, spontaneous, abandoned, focused on a particular person, and stereotypically feminine. Baroque sex is pop, playful, funny, experimental, conscious, deliberate, amoral, anonymous, focused on sensation for sensation’s sake, and stereotypically masculine. The sexual revolution, as it is usually defined, has been almost exclusively concerned with liberating baroque impulses from the confines of an exaggeratedly classical puritanism. The result has been an equally distorting cultural obsession with the baroque. This chapter considers classical and baroque in relation to time, location, number, lighting, clothing, food, drugs, music, pornography, sex manuals, devices, sexism, feminism, and national characters.

Keywords:   classical sex, baroque sex, sexual revolution, music, pornography, sex manuals, devices, sexism, feminism, clothing

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