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Author Bongiorno, Frank, 1969-

Title The sex lives of Australians : a history / Frank Bongiorno.

Published Collingwood, Vic. : Black Inc., [2012]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.70994 BONG    DUE 06-12-19
Physical description xv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-344) and index.
Contents Founding Sexualities.--The Victorian Scene.--A Pleasant Amusement.--The Foe Within Ourselves.--Tabbies, Amateurs and the Cream of Australian Manhood.--Fast Times.--War and Peace.--Sexual Revoltion.--Toleration, Liberation, Backlash.
Summary Cross-dressing convicts, effeminate bushrangers and women-shortage woes - here is the first ever history of sex in Australia, from Botany Bay to the present-day. In this readable social history, the author uses vivid examples to chart the changing sex lives of Australians. He shows how a predominantly male penal colony gave rise to a rough and ready culture: the scarcity of women made for strange bedfellows, and the female minority was both powerful and vulnerable. Then came the Victorian era, in which fears of sodomy helped bring an end to the transportation of convicts. Tracing the story all the way to the present, Bongiorno shows how the quest for respectability always has another side to it, and how the contraceptive pill changed so much. Along the way he deals with some intriguing questions - were the Kelly gang gay? Why did the law ignore lesbianism for so long? - and introduces some remarkable characters, both reformers and radicals. This is the thought-provoking story of sex in Australia.
Subject Australians -- Sexual behavior -- History.
Australians -- Sexual behavior -- Political aspects.
Social change -- Australia -- History.
Australians -- Social life and customs -- History.
ISBN 9781863955676 (paperback)
1863955674 (paperback)