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International Women's YearThe Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History$
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Jocelyn Olcott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195327687.001.0001

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Coming Out Party

Coming Out Party

(p.174) Scene 12 Coming Out Party
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter centers on one of the few moments when sexuality emerged as a particular topic of discussion, after an Australian tribune participant, Laurie Bebbington, identified herself as a lesbian feminist. Her intervention inspired lesbian participants at the NGO tribune to hold a series of forums on the importance of sexual recognition. Critics insisted on a zero-sum game in which a host of rights loosely related to sexuality—especially for lesbians, sex workers, and those seeking reproductive autonomy—were seen as coming at the expense of human rights and economic justice in the Third World. Some observers saw IWY as a Trojan horse that smuggled in unacceptable sexual freedoms.

Keywords:   sexuality, lesbians, sex work, human rights, feminism

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