Rules of Desire : Sex in Britain, World War I to the Present, Paperback

Rules of Desire : Sex in Britain, World War I to the Present Paperback


The Free Love Debate; the sex psychologists; the Bright Young Things; homosexual life in the Thirties; secret sex and World War II; the Sixties and the pill; gay rights; rape laws; the impact of AIDS; the declining ideal of marriage; the new emphasis on relationships and 'whole body sensuality'...beginning with the Edwardian theorists, like Edward Carpenter and Havelock Ellis, Cate Haste tells the history of changing sexual attitudes in twentieth- century Britain.

Intimate private experience is set against well-known cases - from Lady Chatterley to Profumo, Thorpe and Archer - and against the dictates of the churches, courts and media.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Gender studies, gender groups
  • ISBN: 9780099437956



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