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Paul Newland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082252

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082252.001.0001

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Equality or bust: sexual politics

Equality or bust: sexual politics

(p.27) 1 Equality or bust: sexual politics
British films of the 1970s

Paul Newland

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which British films of the 1970s represent tensions evident in British society concerning contemporary shifts in sexual politics, and notices how far these tensions are informed by issues of class. The chapter primarily focuses on two films, Eskimo Nell and Carry On Girls, but also examines a range of films drawn from across different genres. The chapter notices how far issues of permissiveness in Britain are worked through in these films, and how far the liberalisation of censorship laws also affected depictions of sexual behaviour. It also notices the recurring theme of the breakdown of marriages. Finally, the chapter explores the representation of homosexuality in British films of the period.

Keywords:   Eskimo Nell, Carry On Girls, Representations of sex, Censorship, Permissiveness, Liberalisation, Low culture

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