The Long Sexual Revolution : English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975 Paperback / softback
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's bodies. Around 1800 birth rates reached historical heights. Using a combination of demographic and qualitative sources, Dr Cook examines the connection between the struggle tolower fertility and the increasing repression of sexuality throughout the nineteenth century. Contraception became a viable 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 inthe sexual revolution of the 1960s.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 428 pages, Numerous tables
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 01/08/2005
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780199252183