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Domestic Tensions, National AnxietiesGlobal Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation$
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Kristin Celello and Hanan Kholoussy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856749.001.0001

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Marriage Crisis and All That Jazz

Marriage Crisis and All That Jazz

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(p.49) 3 Marriage Crisis and All That Jazz
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Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties
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Nancy F. Cott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856749.003.0004

Nonmarital sex was out in the open in mainstream movies and magazines in the United States in the 1920s as never before. Condoms widely marketed for sexual hygiene (while contraception was still illegal) greatly aided the practical frequency of nonmarital sex. Zooming divorce statistics added to the perception of a sexual revolution taking place, including premarital sex among the young and adultery among the already married, which posed a crisis for the continuation of traditional marriage. This perceived crisis percolated so insistently in the late 1920s that it caused a counter-revolution among social scientists and social workers, resulting in the construction called “modern marriage,” centering on sex.

Keywords:   sexual revolution, adultery, sexual hygiene, contraception, modern marriage, sex, nonmarital, premarital, United States

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