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Sex before the sexual revolution : intimate life in England 1918-1963 / Simon Szreter and Kate Fisher.

  • Szreter, Simon
  • Books

About this work


"What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s? 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. Based on vivid, compelling and frank testimonies from a socially and geographically diverse range of individuals, these award-winning authors look beyond the conventions of silence among the respectable majority to challenge stereotypes of ignorance and inhibition. 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, demonstrating that whilst 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"--Provided by publisher.


Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Physical description

viii, 458 pages ; 23 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; Part I. What was Sex?: 2. The facts of life: learning about sex in childhood and youth; 3. Sexual intimacies before marriage; Part II. What was Love?: 4. Romance and love: finding a partner; 5. Married love: caring and sharing; Part III. Exploring Sex and Love in Marriage: 6. Birth control, sex and abstinence; 7. Bodies; 8. Sex, love, duty, pleasure?; 9. The morning after; 10. Conclusion.


  • English

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