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Making Marriage Modern: Women's Sexuality from the Progressive Era to World War II

Christina Simmons


As a modern female style undermined a Victorian motherhood‐centered ideal, whites and African Americans debated conceptions of women's sexuality and marriage. In the 1910s social hygiene reformers anxious about venereal disease called for scientific sex education but still romanticized motherhood, while sex radicals demanded birth control, free love, or the right to interracial relationships or homosexuality. The book emphasizes more conventional reformers, who by the 1920s hoped to contain the potential for modern women's independence from men and marriage in “companionate marriage.” This inc ... More

Keywords: companionate marriage, interracial relationships, homosexuality, sexuality, flappers, sexual advice, birth control, sex education, sex radicals, social hygiene

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195064117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195064117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Simmons, author
University of Windsor
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