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Author Haynes, April R.,
Title Riotous flesh : women, physiology, and the solitary vice in nineteenth-century America / April R. Haynes.
Imprint Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.

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Author Haynes, April R.,
Series American beginnings, 1500-1900.
American beginnings, 1500-1900.
Subject Women -- Sexual behavior -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Female masturbation -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women -- United States -- Attitudes -- History -- 19th century.
Feminism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource (vii, 242 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-230) and index
Access Available to OhioLINK libraries
Summary "Nineteenth-century America saw numerous campaigns against masturbation, which was said to cause illness, insanity, and even death. Riotous Flesh explores women's leadership of those movements, with a specific focus on their rhetorical, social, and political effects, showing how a desire to transform the politics of sex created unexpected alliances between groups that otherwise had very different goals. As April R. Haynes shows, the crusade against female masturbation was rooted in a generally shared agreement on some major points: that girls and women were as susceptible to masturbation as boys and men; that "self-abuse" was rooted in a lack of sexual information; and that sex education could empower women and girls to master their own bodies. Yet the groups who made this education their goal ranged widely, from "ultra" utopians and nascent feminists to black abolitionists. Riotous Flesh explains how and why diverse women came together to popularize, then institutionalize, the condemnation of masturbation, well before the advent of sexology or the professionalization of medicine."--Provided by publisher
Contents The gender of solitary vice -- Licentiousness in all its forms -- Making the conversation general -- A philosophy of amative indulgence -- Flesh and bones
Note Online resource; title from e-book title screen (EBL platform, viewed July 28, 2016)
ISBN 9780226284767 (e-book)
022628476X (e-book)
9780226284590 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
022628459X (cloth ; alkaline paper)
9780226284620 (paper ; alkaline paper)
022628462X (paper ; alkaline paper)
OCLC # 922581722
Additional Format Print version: Haynes, April R., author. Riotous flesh 9780226284590 9780226284620 (DLC) 2015003802 (OCoLC)898910976.

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