Argentina's New Woman Takes Reins (in Bed)

Female assertiveness born during dictatorship keys sexual revolution
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2008 7:45 PM CST

(Newser) – President Cristina Fernandez isn't the only empowered woman in Argentina, the Miami Herald reports: Her female compatriots may not be burning their bras in the streets, but they are at the helm of their own sexual revolution. They're the ones shopping at discreet all-female sex shops and dragging their boyfriends to X-rated dinner shows in chic Buenos Aires neighborhoods.

Ever since the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo became standard-bearers of resistance to Argentina's military dictatorship in the 1970s and '80s, women's growing independence has taken a sexual turn. But women aren't always getting a run for their money. "No businessman dressed in a suit and tie, no artsy types," complained one customer after watching a male performer at an erotic restaurant.