Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950

Paperback | December 1, 1997

byAtina Grossmann

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Reforming Sex reconstructs the complicated history of a movement that has been romanticized as the harbinger of 1960s sexual radicalism and demonized as a precursor to Nazi racial policy, but mostly buried and obscured by Nazi bookburnings and repression. Relying on a broad range ofsources--from police reports, films and personal interviews to sex manuals unearthed from library basements and secondhand bookstores--the book analyzes a remarkable mass mobilization during the turbulent and innovative Weimar years of doctors and laypeople for women's right to abortion and publicaccess to birth control and sex education.

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Reforming Sex reconstructs the complicated history of a movement that has been romanticized as the harbinger of 1960s sexual radicalism and demonized as a precursor to Nazi racial policy, but mostly buried and obscured by Nazi bookburnings and repression. Relying on a broad range ofsources--from police reports, films and personal inter...

Atina Grossmann is at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:December 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195121244

ISBN - 13:9780195121247

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: New Women and Families in the New Germany 2. "Prevent: Don't Abort": The Medicalization and Politization of Sexuality 3. Birth Control, Marriage and Sex Counseling Clinics: The Administration of Sex Reform 4. "Your Body Belongs to You": Abortion and the 1931 Campaign Against Paragraph 218 5. Forbidden Love: Sex Reform and the Crisis of the Republic, 1931 to 1933 6. Continuity and Discontinuity: Gleichschaltung and the Destruction of the Sex Reform Movement 7. Weimar Sex Reform in Exile 8. No Zero Hour: Abortion and Birth Control in Postwar Germany Epilogue Index

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"In this thoughtful investigation, Atina Grossmann stresses the international context of the sex reform movement of the time."--erman Studies Review