Cold War Conflicts and Cheap Cabaret: Sexual Politics at the 1975 United Nations International Women's Year Conference
In a widely read memoir, a Bolivian union militant signals the moment of her alienation from the nongovernmental organisation tribune of the United Nations' 1975 International Women's Year (IWY) conference in Mexico City by describing her dismay when she encountered a group of women clamouring for sexual rights, reiterating a persistent narrative about a trade-off between sexual rights and other forms of social justice.? Drawing on feminist performance theory, this article examines the political performances of three central figures at IWY - Domitila Barrios de Chungara, Betty Friedan and Mexican theatre director Nancy Cárdenas - to explore the ways that political performances rooted in distinct scenarios, or historical contexts, generated a confusion of meanings around campaigns for sexual rights. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..
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