The Sex Wave

in Before Porn Was Legal

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780226325217
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226325231 | DOI:
The Sex Wave

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This chapter focuses on the years of the sex wave in West Germany roughly from 1959 to 1968. It explains the that first stages of the wave occurred outside the erotica industry proper and that it was only around 1961 that the erotica industry, starting with Beate Uhse, emerged from its self-protective anonymity. During this period, sexual consumption went public, which suggests that this sex wave was not triggered by state action and that it represented a new type of behavior in the marketplace brought about the West Germany's increasing wealth.

Keywords: sex wave; West Germany; erotica industry; Beate Uhse; sexual consumption; state action

Chapter.  11623 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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