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The Long Sexual RevolutionEnglish Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975$
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Hera Cook

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252183

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252183.001.0001

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‘One Man is as Good as Another in that Respect’: Women and Sexual Abstinence

‘One Man is as Good as Another in that Respect’: Women and Sexual Abstinence

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The Long Sexual Revolution

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This chapter challenges Carl Degler's 1970s ‘revisionist’ approach — which claims that the image of Victorian women as repressed is inaccurate — and reaffirms the importance of the ‘double standard’. It is argued thatrejection of sexual desire was a form of radical female resistance in the context of late 19th-century gender norms. It is suggested that evidence supports the use of partial sexual abstinence to bring down birth rates in the late 19th and first third of the 20th century.

Keywords:   double standard, sexuality, birth control attitudes, contraception, fertility, feminism

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