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Sex Before the Sexual Revolution: Intimate Life in England 1918-1963 (Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories)

Szreter, Simon, Fisher, Kate

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521149320 / ISBN 13: 9780521149327
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Title: Sex Before the Sexual Revolution: Intimate ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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Intriguing insight into attitudes toward sexuality in marriage, based on first-hand interviews with a socially diverse range of people. Series: Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories. Num Pages: 466 pages, 6 b/w illus. 1 table. BIC Classification: 1DBKE; 3JJG; 3JJH; 3JJPG; HBJD1; HBLW; HBTB; JHBK5. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 225 x 154 x 22. Weight in Grams: 738. Intimate Life in England 1918-1963. Series: Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories. 466 pages, 6 b/w illus. 1 table. Intriguing insight into attitudes toward sexuality in marriage, based on first-hand interviews with a socially diverse range of people. Cateogry: (P) Professional & Vocational. BIC Classification: 1DBKE; 3JJG; 3JJH; 3JJPG; HBJD1; HBLW; HBTB; JHBK5. Dimension: 225 x 154 x 22. Weight: 738. . 2010. Paperback. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780521149327

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Synopsis: What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, who were often pitied by later generations as repressed, unfulfilled and full of moral anxiety? This book provides the first rounded, first-hand account of sexuality in marriage in the early and mid-twentieth century. These award-winning authors look beyond conventions of silence among the respectable majority to challenge stereotypes of ignorance and inhibition. Based on vivid, compelling and frank testimonies from a socially and geographically diverse range of individuals, the book explores a spectrum of sexual experiences, from learning about sex and sexual practices in courtship, to attitudes to the body, marital ideals and birth control. It demonstrates that while the era's emphasis on silence and strict moral codes could for some be a source of inhibition and dissatisfaction, for many the culture of privacy and innocence was central to fulfilling and pleasurable intimate lives.

Book Description: Based on vivid and compelling oral testimony from a diverse range of people, this book provides the first rounded account of sexuality in marriage in early and mid twentieth-century England. The authors look beyond the conventions of silence among the respectable majority to challenge stereotypes of ignorance and inhibition.

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