Histories of Sexualities

To what extent did the use of contraception increase as a result of feminist efforts during the first half of the twentieth century?

Introduction The twentieth century saw a revolutionary decline in fertility with an increased number of married couples utilising available methods of birth control.[1] Since the voluntary motherhood movement of the 1870s, women have been collectively striving to achieve control over their bodies, including their reproductive systems. This was followed by the birth control movement betweenContinue reading “To what extent did the use of contraception increase as a result of feminist efforts during the first half of the twentieth century?”

To what extent do you find the statement convincing that Victorian sexuality was shaped by a “contest between expression and repression”?

Introduction The Victorians are renowned for their prudery and hypocrisy surrounding the topic of sexual relations.[1]During the 19th Century Western countries viewed sex as a controllable force to be contained within the boundary of marriage.[2] Sexual activities conducted outside of this window (that were drawn to public attention) were therefore under the scrutiny of theContinue reading “To what extent do you find the statement convincing that Victorian sexuality was shaped by a “contest between expression and repression”?”

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