CMC Springboard event: Professor Lorna Bracewell to discuss new book: ‘a gripping social history of feminist political theory’

Who: Dr. Lorna Bracewell, Flagler College professor
What: Book talk on Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era.
Where: Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St., Gainesville
When: Saturday, June 4, 6:30pm
Cost: $10 (donation) students, $20 (donation) others

by the CMC Board

Please join the Civic Media Center Board on Saturday, June 4, at 6:30pm, to hear Dr. Lorna Bracewell discuss her new book, Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era

Dr. Bracewell’s book is a timely and urgent reconsideration of feminist debates on sexual freedom in the 1990s. An important intervention into feminist history, Why We Lost the Sex Wars traces utopian attempts to redefine the imagination of sex and sexual freedom, and the ensuing debates that still influence us today.

Why We Lost the Sex Wars is a fascinating read. It provides a gripping social history of both feminist movement and of feminist political theory, including archival research into interviews and writings that current feminist “legends’ did as graduate students. This is intertwined with incisive and creative theoretical analysis of the arguments offered in courts, conferences, and publications. 

Lorna N. Bracewell shows that the so-called “sex wars” were not warlike, nor a clear-cut duality, but rather multiple and complex, and that these debates and arguments still influence feminism and feminist theory today. In Bracewell’s account of the central role that feminists of color played, which is often overlooked, is particularly insightful and important. This book is essential reading for all of us interested in the history of late-twentieth-century feminism and in understanding how we got to where we are today.

– Nancy Hirschmann, author of Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory

Dr. Bracewell, an alumna of the UF Political Science PhD program and a professor at Flagler College, will speak about her book and answer questions from the audience. 

SpringBoard is one of the CMC’s two biggest annual fundraisers, along with CMC’s anniversary in October. This is SpringBoard’s first in-person event since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We recognize that the pandemic is not over, but we invite you to join us in our space at 433 S. Main St. to celebrate another year of survival. We will be requiring masks, and a Zoom option will also be provided to support accessibility. Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite. Donations of any size are welcome, with a recommended donation of $10 for students and $20 or more for others. D

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