Historian Tony Judt on The 60s, Sex and the New Puritanism

by Welmer on March 17, 2010

In the New York York Review of Books blog, Judt reflects on how culture has changed over the years, from the radical sexuality of the 60s to the “sexual correctness” of today. He recounts several examples of academic censure, and contrasts his own life with that of younger generations.

I always enjoy getting some perspective from an older man who has seen so much more than I have. Perhaps, as more of these older academics retire and are liberated from the campus culture of rigid control, we will see more open and thoughtful criticism of gender politics as they have played out over the last several decades.

It’s a short enjoyable read, with a surprise ending that takes a poke at the enforcers of sexual correctness.

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