Chapter

The Deluge, 1968–1972

in Living in Arcadia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226389257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226389288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226389288.003.0008
The Deluge, 1968–1972

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During the second half of the 1960s, France was experiencing a period of unprecedented economic growth, prosperity, and consumerism. One striking development of the period was what one magazine called the “escalation of eroticism” in advertising. As early as 1963, Arcadie had published an article from ONE magazine claiming how the emerging commercial homosexual subculture in the United States was giving rise to a generation of homosexuals with no interest in the “excellent dissertations” of Arcadie, the academic tone of ONE, or the romantic stories of Der Kreis. On March 10, 1971, the “Stonewall” of French homosexuality occurred live on French radio, when André Baudry squared off with the journalist Pierre Hahn, a priest, and a psychiatrist in a debate on “homosexuality, this painful problem.” This article also looks at the rise and fall of the Homosexual Revolutionary Action Front.

Keywords: Arcadie; André Baudry; homosexuality; France; eroticism; Der Kreis; homosexual subculture; Pierre Hahn; Homosexual Revolutionary Action Front

Chapter.  9428 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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