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Reforming Sex : The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 - Atina Grossmann

Reforming Sex

The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950

Hardcover Published: 11th May 1995
ISBN: 9780195056723
Number Of Pages: 336

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Reforming Sex reconstructs the complicated history of a movement that has been romanticized as the harbinger of 1960s sexual radicalism and demonized as a precursor to Nazi racial policy, but mostly buried and obscured by Nazi bookburnings and repression. Relying on a broad range of sources--from police reports, films and personal interviews to sex manuals unearthed from library basements and secondhand bookstores--the book analyzes a remarkable mass mobilization during the turbulent and innovative Weimar years of doctors and laypeople for women's right to abortion and public access to birth control and sex education.

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"Superb...Grossmann's stellar study of German reproductive politics is a model of historical scholarship, rich description, and essential analysis. It has sharp relevance for all of us who care about the contemporary struggles for human rights and women's rights worldwide."--Women's Review of Books "The German movement for sexual and reproductive freedom early in this century was for its time the most radical in the world, both in its progressive and in its later reactionary Nazi periods. At a moment of revival of racist eugenics, when abortion and women's sexual activity remain violently contested, Atina Grossmann's careful, insightful, and vivid study is of the greatest relevance and import."--Linda Gordon, University of Wisconsin "Atina Grossmann's book brilliantly illuminates 20th century German history. It breaks open the established approaches to the crisis of Weimar. It shows why gender, family, and sexuality belong at the center of the historian's agenda. It places the politics of the body--as the utopia of reproductive freedom and liberated sexuality, as the pursuit of social reform and rationalized living, and as a vision of comprehensive welfare, but also as the mania for discipline and regulation, the ordering of populations, and eventually the nightmare of the Nazi drive for racialized domination--right at the center of our attention. In its telling of the story of the sex reformers and this earlier moment of women's reproductive politics, finally, it reminds us onece again why German history still matters."--Geoff Eley, University of Michigan

Abbreviationsp. xv
Introduction: New Women and Families in the New Germanyp. 3
"Prevent: Don't Abort": The Medicalization and Politicization of Sexualityp. 14
Birth Control, Marriage, and Sex Counseling Clinics: The Administration of Sex Reformp. 46
"Your Body Belongs to You": Abortion and the 1931 Campaign Against Paragraph 218p. 78
Forbidden Love: Sex Reform and the Crisis of the Republic, 1931 to 1933p. 107
Continuity and Discontinuity: Gleichschaltung and the Destruction of the Sex Reform Movementp. 136
Weimar Sex Reform in Exilep. 166
No Zero Hour: Abortion and Birth Control in Postwar Germanyp. 189
Epiloguep. 213
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780195056723
ISBN-10: 0195056728
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 11th May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.11 x 16.08  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.75

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