NZ: The Recession Vs. Sexual Boundaries

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By Craig Young – 13th June 2009

What happens to sexual politics during a time of economic retrenchment? Good question.

In an earlier depression, it was the case that centre-left governments were elected, engaged in public spending, and then embarked on the Second World War. During that period, there was austerity yet mass production for the communal war effort, and massive shifts of population, as well as gender roles, and increased sexual opportunities for lesbians and gay men, whether in uniform as members of the armed forces and their auxiliaries, or in convenient blackout areas which became opportunities for communal male frolicking during air raids. Unfortunately, the end of the war saw economic prosperity yet renewed gender and sexual conservatism, which continued onward until the birth of the New Left, feminism and LGBT rights in the sixties.
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