Sunday, 23 October 2011

SEX BEFORE THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION



ISBN-13:
978-0-521-14932-7
Writers:Simon Szreter and Kate Fisher
Title: Sex Before the Sexual Revolution

Subtitle: Intimate Life in England 1918-1963
Language: English
Place of Publication: Cambridge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year of Publication: 2011
Format:152x226mm (trimmed)
Pages: viii+466; Bibliography, 421: Index, 445
Cover Illustration: Charlie (born 1901, a factory storeman) and Ethel (born 1911, a bookkeeper) of Paddington, in the mid-1930s before their marriage in 1937 (author’s family photograph)
Cover Design: Jackie Taylor
Binding: Paperback in sepia toned wrappers
Weight: 742gr.
Price: GBR 19.99
Entry No.: 2011021
Entry Date: 4th November 2011

BOOK DESCRIPTION

What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, who were often pitied by later generations as repressed, unfulfilled and full of moral anxiety? This book provides the first rounded, first-hand account of sexuality in marriage in the early and mid-twentieth century. These award-winning authors look beyond conventions of silence among the respectable majority to challenge stereotypes of ignorance and inhibition. Based on vivid, compelling and frank testimonies from a socially and geographically diverse range of individuals, the book explores a spectrum of sexual experiences, from learning about sex and sexual practices in courtship, to attitudes to the body, marital ideals and birth control. It demonstrates that while the era's emphasis on silence and strict moral codes could for some be a source of inhibition and dissatisfaction, for many the culture of privacy and innocence was central to fulfilling and pleasurable intimate lives.







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