The Season of Battle: The Rhetoric of Free-Love Feminism in Nineteenth-Century America -- Evolutionary Theory: (R) volutionary Rhetorics in the Free Love Movement -- Physiology: Rewriting the Body and Sexual Desire -- Bacteriology: Marriage as a diseased Institution -- Embryology: Toward a Eugenic Warrant for Free-Love Feminism -- Heredity: The Disappearing Reform Warrant -- Conclusion: Historiography and Feminist Uses of Eugenics.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
In Evolutionary Rhetoric, scholar Wendy Hayden provides a comprehensive examination of the relationship between scientific and feminist rhetorics in free-love feminism, studying the movement from its inception in the 1850s to its dark turn toward eugenics in the early 1900s. Hayden organizes her provocative study by scientific discipline-evolution, physiology, bacteriology, embryology, and heredity. Each chapter explores how free-love feminists adopted the evidence of that discipline in their arguments for increased sex education, women's sexual rights, reproduc.
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