The Real Facts of Life

The Real Facts of Life : Feminism and the Politics of Sexuality c 1850-1940

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During the last twenty years feminist research into the history of sexuality has made important contributions to the theoretical understanding of the relationship between sexuality and male power. When sexology became established as a science, feminists had for many years been engaged in a struggle to change male sexuality, by waging campaigns against male sexual violence and abuse of women and children; by challenging the institutions of marriage and prostitution; and by asserting in theory and in practice the right to female sexual autonomy. Despite the excellent research published in this important and fascinating aspect of feminist history, there are still gaps in our knowledge.; "The Real Facts of Life" aims to fill these gaps: Why and when did sexuality become an important political issue for the 19th century feminist?; What was the history of campaigns against double standards of sexual morality?; Why were feminists so divided in their views about sexual freedom and its relationship to women's emancipation? The analysis of these issues illuminates past and present feminists' ideas and theories about sexuality.
Margaret Jackson's main aims in "The Real Facts of Life" are to make a contribution towards understanding the history of the struggle for female sexual autonomy; to provide a revolutionary feminist analysis of the social construction of sexuality and its relationship to male power, and to provide a critique of sexology and the male-defined concept of sexual "liberation".
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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 18mm | 498.96g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0748400990
  • 9780748400997

Table of contents

Sex, Class and Hetero-Relations; Feminism and the Politicization of Sexuality in Victorian and Edwardian England; The Real Facts of Life; Militant Feminism and the Double Standard of Sexual Morality; Towards a Feminist Model of Sexuality, Elizabeth Blackwell; "Sex Freedom" or Female Sexual Autonomy?; Tensions and Divisions within Feminism in the Late 19th And Early 20th Centuries; Eroticizing Women's Oppression; Havelock Ellis and the Construction of the "Natural"; The Unhappy Marriage of Feminism and Sexology; Marie Stopes and the "Laws of Love"; "Teaching Watch Comes Naturally?"; The Politics of Desire in the Marriage Manuals of the '20s and '30s; Feminism and the Power to Define our own Sexuality.
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