Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century
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This book examines the Red Love vogue that swept across the Asia-Pacific in the 1920s and 1930s as part of a worldwide interest in socialism and follows its trails throughout the twentieth century. Encouraging both political and sexual liberation, Red Love was a transnational movement demonstrating the revolutionary potential of love and desire.
Female Pleasure as Resistance On whom does this desire reflect—or appeal to? When Yŏngja proclaims “I am not a beggar,” her voice resonates strongly with lower-class women in the audience. As industrialization accelerated after the 1960s, many Koreans left rural areas for big cities like Seoul, filling the ranks of the urban poor. In particular, women from the countryside became the lowest class in the cities, living as housemaids, factory workers, busgirls, bar hostesses, or prostitutes. They
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