Erotic City: Sexual Revolutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco

Paperback | November 15, 2011

byJosh Sides

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Since the 1960s, San Francisco has been America's capital of sexual libertinism and a potent symbol in its culture wars. In this highly original book, Josh Sides explains how this happened, unearthing long-forgotten stories of the city's sexual revolutionaries, as well as the legions oflongtime San Franciscans who tried to protect their vision of a moral metropolis. Erotic dancers, prostitutes, birth control advocates, pornographers, free lovers, and gay libbers transformed San Francisco's political landscape and its neighborhoods in ways seldom appreciated. But as sex radicals became more visible in the public spaces of the city, many San Franciscans reactedviolently. The assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were but the most brazen acts in a city caught up in a battle over morality, a battle that often spilled over onto sidewalk violence against free-love hippies, gays and lesbians. It was a moral conflict exploited byRichard Nixon and the Republican Party, and seized by Hollywood as a flamboyant backdrop for a raft of vigilante movies, most notably the Dirty Harry series set in San Francisco. Perhaps most important, Josh Sides illuminates the many ways that human desire has shaped the destiny of postwar San Francisco--and much of postwar urban America. Indeed, he shows that one cannot understand the American city--nor modern America politics -- without taking into account both the realand the imagined transformation of our urban areas into repositories of sexual desire.

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Since the 1960s, San Francisco has been America's capital of sexual libertinism and a potent symbol in its culture wars. In this highly original book, Josh Sides explains how this happened, unearthing long-forgotten stories of the city's sexual revolutionaries, as well as the legions oflongtime San Franciscans who tried to protect thei...

Josh Sides is the Whitsett Professor of California History and the Director of the Center for Southern California Studies at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199874069

ISBN - 13:9780199874064

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Table of Contents

1. What's Become of the Paris of the West?2. Sex Radicals and Captive Pedestrians3. When the Streets Went Gay4. The Unspoken Sexuality of Golden Gate Park5. Taking Back the Streets of San Francisco6. The Many Legacies of AIDS7. Newcomers, New Revolutionaries, and New Spaces