Dagmar Herzog

(1961) is professor of history at the The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is author of Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (Princeton 2005); published in German translation as Die Politisierung der Lust: Sexualität in der deutschen Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts (Siedler/Random House 2005); and
Intimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in Pre-Revolutionary Baden (Princeton 1996). Her forthcoming book Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics will be published in June 2008 by Basic Books, New York.


Having condemned hyper-sexualized culture, the American religious Right is now wildly pro-sex, as long as it is marital sex. By replacing the language of morality with the secular notion of self-esteem, repression has found its way back onto school curricula – to the detriment of girls and women in particular. “We are living through an assault on female sexual independence”, writes Dagmar Herzog.

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