The Making of Victorian Sexuality
Oxford University Press, 1994 - 338 من الصفحات
We tend to think of the Victorians as the personification of prudery and puritanism, a people whose sexual attitudes, practices, and knowledge differed greatly from our own, to their detriment. Indeed, even in the midst of the AIDS crisis and our growing concern about safe sex, the Victorians hardly seem an appealing role model of sexual behavior. But is this image really very accurate? What did the Victorians really think about sex? What were their sex lives like? And what wider concepts--biological, political, religious--shaped their sexuality?
The Making of Victorian Sexuality directly confronts one of the most persistent cliches of modern times. Drawing on a wealth of sources from medical and scientific texts, to popular fiction, evangelical writing, and the work of radicals such as Godwin and Mill, Michael Mason shows how much of our perception of nineteenth-century sexual culture is simply wrong. Covering such topics as premarital sex, marriage, prostitution, women's sexuality, and male masturbation, Mason shows that, far from being a license for prudery and hypocrisy, Victorian sexuality was guided by a humane and progressive vision of society's future. Mason reveals that the average Victorian man was not necessarily the church-going, tyrannical, secretly lecherous, bourgeois pater familias of modern-day legend, but often an agnostic, radical-minded, sexually continent citizen, with a deliberately restricted number of children. He paints a society in which husbands and wives knew full well about female orgasm and women's sexuality; where if some specialists believed that nervous disorders in women, ranging from epilepsy to schizophrenia, were due to masturbation, most experts emphatically denied the connection; and where the extensive use of birth control devices first began (pioneered oddly enough by the bottom of the middle class: shop-owners, hotel-keepers, and other nonmanual but nonprofessional and nonmanagerial workers). Furthermore, he points out that Victorians were the first to concern themselves about sex education for children, the quality of urban nightlife, commuter marriages, the competing claims of pleasure and procreation in married sex, and the rationale of divorce.
Persuasively arguing that there is much in Victorian sexual moralism of interest to the late twentieth century, this lively and fascinating study offers a radical challenge to one of the most enduring myths of our age.
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But such thinking was in tune with that of other socialists : William Thompson
called the sexual instinct ' this most innocent and kindly - disposing of human
passions ' . As late as the mid - 1840s , when libertarian Owenites were much ...
... been a real division of attitude among Saint - Simonians on the liberalizing of
sexual codes . The ethos and plans of Fourierist communitarianism , or '
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... most thinking middle - class women had a belief in birth - control principles
which they could confide to each other but which they were embarrassed to be
more open about . 19 In the writings of male experts on population questions
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THE MAKING OF VICTORIAN SEXUALITYمعاينة المستخدمين - Kirkus
Of the many books since the 1960s that claim to overturn the clichÇ of Victorian prudery, this is surely the least interesting, persuasive, and readable. Mason (English/Univ. College, London) broadly ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله
The making of Victorian sexualityمعاينة المستخدمين - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this initial volume of a proposed two-volume work, Mason (English, University Coll., London) carefully discusses many sources of information concerning Victorian sexuality. These sources include ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله