The Arcadie Years, 1973–1978

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:
The Arcadie Years, 1973–1978

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Arcadie had been holding banquets for eighteen years, but the one it held in November 1972 was reported for the first time by the newspaper Le Monde. The novelist Jean-Louis Bory, who delivered the opening address, had something to do with this. From the early 1970s, several new recruits joined the existing band of contributors to the review. These included Pierre Fontanié, Christian Gury, and Odon Vallet. Both in terms of visibility and numbers, the 1970s were indeed Arcadie's most successful decade. Arcadie claimed that the review had 12,000–15,000 subscribers in 1972, which increased to 25,000 in 1974 and to 30,000 the following year. One of Arcadie's social constituencies was young immigrants working in Paris. This article examines Arcadie's existence in France between 1973 and 1978, focusing on the competition it faced from sex and politics. It discusses the development of a commercial soft-porn gay press, the formation of Groupe de Libération Homosexuelle in 1974, the election to the presidency of France of the centrist politician Valèry Giscard d'Estaing in May 1974, and Arcadie's position toward “pederasty” or “pedophilia.”

Keywords: Arcadie; France; pedophilia; Jean-Louis Bory; immigrants; sex; politics; gay press; Groupe de Libération Homosexuelle; Valèry Giscard d'Estaing

Chapter.  13216 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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