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The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975

Hera Cook


This book describes the transformation of sexuality in England between the late 1700s and around 1975. It argues that there is a close connection between sexual attitudes and behaviour, and the gradual exertion of control over fertility caused by the gradual improvements in birth control over this period. It shows that the impact upon women of changes in levels of sexual activity was different from and greater than that upon men. This is because the economic and social consequences of children are the major cost of sexual activity and women bore the physical consequences of reproduction. Birth ... More

Keywords: sexuality, female sexual pleasure, sexual ignorance, male sexuality, fertility, sexual behaviour, England, birth control, social change

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199252183
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252183.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hera Cook, author
Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney
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PART I Inventing Contraception

PART II Sexuality and Sex Manuals

PART III The English Sexual Revolution