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(en) [Argentina] Release: Love and anarchism. Pioneering experiences that thought and exercised sexual freedom, by Laura Fernández Cordero By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Oct 2017 08:32:45 +0300


Themes such as gender and sexuality have achieved such visibility on the public agenda that we only record their immediate relevance, as if they had no history or as if it dated back only a few decades ago. In this work, Laura Fernández Cordero recovers libertarian experiences that more than a century ago challenged forms of intimacy, love and union secured by the State or the Church. Thus, it exposes the ideology of anarchism in Argentina, which struggled to transform economic and political relations, but also the familiar and affective ones. Its militants sought the end of marriage, which they saw as a form of prostitution and slavery, and imagined free loves in which, without mandates for eternity, men and women exploited multiple, simultaneous relations, with the premise of a full and consensual encounter between equals .

With a formidable narrative pulse, the author traces a fascinating panorama of the debates and experiences of those who, in possession of the social revolution, found new ways of living their identity, love and eroticism. We then see women who, in 1896 and in the years of "tragic Patagonia", sustained the denunciation against the violence they suffered in the factories as well as in their homes. Also the peripécias of an anarchist colony in Brazil, where a trio practiced in 1890 the most audacious version of the free love. Or a prominent ancestor who celebrated the triumph of sexual freedom as the adultery of his young wife, while other voices of anarchism were frightened by women liberated and desiring.

Far from an easy complacency or an anachronism that flatters the thickness of each juncture, this book exposes the enormous power but also the contradictions of those expressions, which questioned all moral parameters, but considered that abortion or homosexuality were excesses to be avoided. With rigor and freshness, it follows a little-known story, which offers perspective to ponder the mutations of the present.

" Love and anarchism. Pioneering experiences that thought and exercised sexual freedom "

Laura Fernández Cordero

240 pp. | 14x21

ISBN 978-987-629-764-6

September 2017

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