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The Spinster and Her Enemies : Feminism and Sexuality, 1880-1930 - Sheila Jeffreys

The Spinster and Her Enemies

Feminism and Sexuality, 1880-1930

Paperback Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9781875559633
Number Of Pages: 238

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The Spinster and Her Enemies is an important book on a watershed period in the history of sexuality."...splendidly documented, provocative and never dull" -- Times Literary Supplement"Sheila Jeffreys is an excellent historian". -- Sunday TimesThe much-anticipated re-release of this classic feminist text includes a revised and updated introduction. Sheila Jeffreys examines the activities of feminist campaigners around such issues as child abuse and prostitution and how these campaigns shaped social purity in the 1880s and 1890s. She demonstrates how the thriving and militant feminism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was undermined, and asserts that the decline of this feminism was due largely to the promotion of a sexual ideology which was hostile to women's independence.

"Splendidly documented, provocative, never dull." --Phyllis Grosskurth, "Times Literary Supplement"

Preface to 1997 edition
Introductionp. 1
Feminism and Social Purityp. 6
Continence and Psychic Lovep. 27
'The sort of thing that might happen to any man': Feminist campaigns and politics around the sexual abuse of childrenp. 54
'Henpecking': Women's campaigns to gain legislation against the sexual abuse of girlsp. 72
Spinsterhood and Celibacyp. 86
Women's Friendships and Lesbianismp. 102
Antifeminism and Sex Reform before the First World Warp. 128
The Decline of Militant Feminismp. 147
The Invention of the Frigid Womanp. 165
The 'Prudes' and the 'Progressives'p. 186
Afterwordp. 194
Notesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 227
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781875559633
ISBN-10: 1875559639
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Spinifex Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 23.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1