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Sex and the radical imagination in the Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle

 

Radical Americas

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      This paper looks specifically at two influential newspapers of the American underground press during the 1960s. Using the Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle, the paper proposes two arguments: first, that the inability of the countercultural press to envisage real alternatives to sexuality and sex roles stifled any wider attempt within the countercultural movement to address concerns around gender relations; and second, the limitation of the ‘radical’ imagination invites us to question the extent to which these papers can be considered radical or countercultural. The reinforcement of heterosexism, especially the primacy of the male gaze, gave little space for any radical challenge to gender norms.

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            St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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            RA
            Radical Americas
            Radic. Am.
            UCL Press
            2399-4606
            30 November 2018
            : 3
            : 1
            10.14324/111.444.ra.2018.v3.1.016
            RA-3-16
            © 2018, Sinead McEneaney.

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited • DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ra.2018.v3.1.016.

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            McEneaney, S. ‘Sex and the radical imagination in the Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle.’ Radical Americas, 3, 1 (2018): 16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ra.2018.v3.1.016.
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