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Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957$
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Timothy Willem Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655106.001.0001

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Contraception, Sex, and Pleasure

Contraception, Sex, and Pleasure

(p.131) 5 Contraception, Sex, and Pleasure
Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957

Timothy Willem Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the reversal of the Church of England’s position on birth control between 1908 and 1930. It explores the formation of social policy around contraception to show how Anglican understandings of the purpose of marriage and sex shifted. It argues that the decision of the 1930 Lambeth Conference to cautiously approve of the use of birth control within marriage marks a subtle but significant recalibration of Anglican understandings of gender, power, and pleasure.

Keywords:   birth control, sexuality, sacrament, Anglo-Catholicism, Lambeth Conference

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