Barnard College Sexuality Conference 1982 [including related controversy]

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Papers of 'The Scholar and the Feminist IX: Towards a Politics of Sexuality', a conference sponsored by the Barnard College Women's Center, 24 Apr 1982, including programmes, a list of participants and hand-outs.

Petitions and related correspondence in protest at Barnard College's censorship of the conference diary; withdrawal of funding for the Scholar and Feminist series; and 'efforts to discredit and distort the purpose of the conference ... by a Coalition organized by Women Against Pornography, Women Against Violence Against Women, and New York Radical Feminists'. Includes letters to Elizabeth Wilson, Angela Weir, Michelle Barett and Mary McIntosh, petition signatories.

Articles and press cuttings re conference controversy:

'Futter Cites Inaccurate Portrayal for Confiscation' from 'Barnard Bulletin' Vol 79 No 13 dated 12 May 1982

'Sex Spurs Censorship' from 'WomaNews' dated May 1982

'The Fireworks at the Sexuality Conference: Whom Should Feminists Fuck?' from 'NY Native' dated 24 May - 6 Jun 1982

'Controversy at Sexuality Conference', 'Off Our backs' 12:6 (Jun 1982)

Response and Letters in 'Off Our backs' 12:7 (Jul 1982)

'Lust At Last! Or Spandex Invades the Academy' from 'GCN'

Published essays on sexuality and pornography:

Excerpts from: Dworkin, A, 'Our Blood'; English, D, 'The Politics of Porn'; D'Emilio, J, 'Women Against Pornography'; Neier, A, 'Memoirs of a Woman's Displeasure'. Including covering sheet with commentary on articles and suggestions for further reading.

Thorning, H, 'The Mother-Daughter Relationship and Sexual Ambivalence', 'Heresies' 12

Rich, A, 'Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence', 'Signs' (Summer 1980)

Letter to the Editor, 'Not a Love Letter', 'Voice'