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Classes and CulturesEngland 1918-1951$
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Ross McKibbin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206729

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206729.001.0001

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Sexuality and Morality

Sexuality and Morality

(p.296) VIII Sexuality and Morality
Classes and Cultures

Ross McKibbin

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between religion and sexuality and how far it affected marital sexuality, marriage guidance, and divorce. It considers the extent to which family limitation was practised, the movement for family planning, and the role of the churches in promoting or hindering it. It looks at sexual knowledge and how it was acquired, homosexuality, the way sexual dissidence was policed, and the wider consequences of English attitudes to sexuality. It argues that politics, religion, and morality intersected with much friction in attitudes to sexuality. Throughout the period, religion and morality were closely related in people's minds. This was a result both of training and the repeated interventions of the churches in matters of morals at a time when the definition of ‘morality’ had been so narrowed that it was almost synonymous with sexuality.

Keywords:   sexuality, marriage, conception, contraception, divorce, sexual dissidence, family planning, morality

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