Navigating the "sexual wilderness": the sexual liberation movement at the University of North Carolina, 1969-1973 Public Deposited

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  • Morrow, Kelly
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • This thesis asks how the "sexual liberation movement," which emerged at the nexus of the sexual revolution, the New Left, and women's liberation, began, took shape, and affected students on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between 1969 and 1973. Although today many people associate the sixties and seventies with sexual anarchy, an analysis of this movement reveals that its leaders saw it as bringing order to young people's sexual lives. Galvanized by the lack of sexual information and products available to students during the 1960s, female and male faculty members and students came together in the early 1970s to develop discourses and services that taught an ethic of responsibility and promoted gender equality. In doing so, the movement's leaders at this southern university rose to national prominence, and their innovative programs became models for hundreds of other schools throughout America.
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  • Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd
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