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GONZALEZ ROMERO, Martín Humberto. Other revolutionaries. Discussions on youth and sexuality in Mexico City, 1960-1984. Relac. Estud. hist. soc. [online]. 2024, vol.45, n.177, pp.84-106.  Epub Apr 05, 2024. ISSN 2448-7554.

Based on archival research, newspaper sources, and cultural products, this article proposes an analysis of public debates around youth within the framework of the so-called sexual revolution in Mexico City. The analysis rests on the general proposal that the study of this revolution becomes more productive if an approach from a conceptual and constructivist perspective is made, which addresses the perception that this phenomenon had at its time. This article argues that, throughout the 20th century, the country's capital was conceived as a space of moral danger for youth. However, by the 1960s, young people began to be perceived more and more as promoters of a transformation of sexual morality and not so much as victims of imminent risk. Young people would promote a series of new relationships with public spaces, with different modes of personal presentation consistent with youth counterculture, appropriating places such as the streets and the university and spreading erotic images. The article addresses this transformation using as an example a debate on pornography and erotic magazines, which occurred at the UNAM in 1967. In the end, it proposes a chronology for the sexual revolution study.

Keywords : Sexual revolution; Youth; Pornography; Counterculture; Student movement.

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