Lisa Featherstone: Let's Talk About Sex

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June 2012, no. 342

Lisa Featherstone: Let's Talk About Sex

Reviewed by
June 2012, no. 342

Shirleene Robinson

 

Let’s Talk about Sex: Histories of Sexuality in Australia from Federation to the Pill
by Lisa Featherstone
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, £44.99 hb, 338 pp, 9781443827362

 

In Australia’s past, sex has been theorised, pathologised, even criminalised, but comparatively little has been written about the topic. One of the more exciting developments in Australian historiography over the past fifteen years has been the inclusion of gay and lesbian narratives. These perspectives have broadened understandings of Australia’s past and have shown how reading original historical sources against the grain can provide evidence about the intimate lives of Australians.

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