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Time: 2017.09.02 Sat., 2-4pm
Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center, No. 11, Lane 49, Baoan Street, Taipei (MRT: Daqiaotou Station)
Speaker: Paris Shih
The event will be conducted in Chinese.
The sexual revolution shapes our cultural imagination of the 60s. While much has been written about the history, its narrative is predominantly masculine and romantic. It is time for us to revisit the roles of women and popular cultures in the history of sexual revolution. Why were female fans of the Beatles related to the sexual revolution? How did women’s magazines, popular fiction and popular cinema participate in the construction of the sexual revolution? How did sexological studies from Kinsey’s, Masters and Johnson’s to The Hite Report redefine sex and sexuality? How did women like Anne Koedt and Nancy Friday deconstruct medical authorities and reclaim female sexuality? What were the ideological contradictions between feminist movement and the sexual revolution? Why were there backlashes against the sexual revolution? This current talk attempts to answer these questions by restoring conflicting historical documents and resituating women in the history of sexual revolution.
About the Speaker
Paris Shih is a writer and cultural critic based in Taipei. He received his degree in English literature from National Chengchi University. His research interests include Shakespeare, Jane Austen, feminist theory, postfeminism, fashion studies and pop culture studies. He is the author of The Power of Badgirl: The Rise of Postfeminism in Popular Cinema (2015) and The Girl Revolution: 100 Years of Girl Culture from Flappers to Girl Power (2016). Currently he is working on his third book, Sex, Heels and Virginia Woolf: A Bittersweet History of Feminist Wars.