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- DescriptionCross-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 highly readable social history, Frank Bongior 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 mirity 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, Bongior shows how the quest for respectability always has ather 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 igre lesbianism for so long? - and introduces some remarkable characters, both reformers and radicals. This is the thought-provoking story of sex in Australia.
- Author BiographyFrank Bongiorno is the co-author of A Little History of the Australian Labor Party.
- Author(s)Frank Bongiorno
- PublisherBlack Inc.
- Date of Publication02/07/2012
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationMelbourne
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintBlack Inc.
- Content NoteIllustrations, ports.
- Weight524 g
- Width155 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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