The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975 by Hera CookThe Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975 by Hera Cook

The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975

byHera Cook

Paperback | August 25, 2005

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In this book Hera Cook traces the path of sexuality in England, and shows how its route was determined by the gradual exertion of control over fertility. Most sexual activity had major economic and social costs, the most fundamental of which was the physical cost of children upon women'sbodies. Around 1800 birth rates reached historical heights. Using a combination of demographic and qualitative sources, Dr Cook examines the connection between the struggle to lower fertility and the increasing repression of sexuality throughout the nineteenth century. Contraception became aviable option in the early twentieth century. The book charts the resulting slow relaxation of attitudes to sexuality and the remaking of heterosexual physical behaviour, culminating in the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
Hera Cook is at Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney.
Title:The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975Format:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.97 inPublished:August 25, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199252181

ISBN - 13:9780199252183

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Development of Contraception1. Birth Rates and Women's Bodies: Reproductive Labour2. 'Nature is a Blind, Dirty, Old Toad': The Withdrawal Method3. 'Conferring a Premium on the Destruction of Female Morals': Fertility Control and Sexuality in the Early to Mid-Nineteenth Century4. 'One Man is as Good as Another in that Respect': Women and Sexual Abstinence5. 'Mastering the Sexual Self': Contraception and Sexuality 1890s-1950s6. 'Physical "Open Secrets"': Hygiene, Masturbation, Bowel Control, and AbstinencePart II. Sexuality and Sex Manuals7. English Sexuality in the Twentieth Century: Ignorance and Gendered Sexual Cultures8. 'The Wonderful Tides': Sexual Emotion and Sexual Ignorance in the 1920s9. 'The Spontaneous Feeling of Shame': Masturbation and Freud 1930-194010. 'Thought Control': Conjugal Rights and Vaginal Orgasms 1940s-197011. 'The Vagina, too, Responds': Vaginal Orgasms, Clitoral Masturbation, Feminism, and Sex Research 1920-1975Part III. The English Sexual Revolution12. Sexual Pleasure, Contraception, and Fertility Decline13. 'Truly it Felt Like Year One': The English Sexual Revolution14. Population Control or 'Sex on the Rates'? Political Change 1955-197515. 'A Car or a Wife'? The Northern European Marriage System and the Sexual RevolutionConclusion: Living through Changing Sexual MoresAppendicesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

`An interesting and worthwhile read.'Alice Reid, Medical History