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The Making of Victorian Sexuality
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The Making of Victorian Sexuality

Michael Mason


At a time when AIDS, abortion, and sexual abuse have become favourite topics of media and academic debate, it is no surprise that the Victorians, with their strong associations with prudery and puritanism, are frequently held up as an example of a sexual culture far different from our own. Yet what did the Victorians really think about sex? What was the reality of their sexual behaviour, and what wider concepts—biological, political, religious—influenced their sexual moralism? This book directly confronts one of the most persistent clichés of modern times. Drawing on varied sources, from popul ... More

Keywords: AIDS, abortion, sexual abuse, Victorian sexuality, sexual culture, sexual behaviour, medical texts, fiction, evangelical writing, Godwin, Mill, paterfamilias

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122470
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Mason, author
University College London