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Author Melody, Michael Edward.
Title Teaching America about sex : marriage guides and sex manuals from the late Victorians to Dr. Ruth / M.E. Melody and Linda M. Peterson.
Imprint New York : New York University Press, 1999.

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Author Melody, Michael Edward.
Subject Sex instruction -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. -- History.
Sex Education -- history.
Sex Manuals.
United States.
Alt Name Peterson, Linda Mary, 1947-
Description 1 online resource (xii, 286 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-274) and index.
Summary "This witty and provocative study of sex and marriage manuals reveals the patterns of permissiveness and prohibition, and, tellingly, the mechanisms of suasion and enforcement - from sermons and hellfire to mutilation and electroshock - that have informed popular sex education over the past hundred and twenty years." "From the roaring '20s to the 1960s sexual revolution and after, Teaching America about Sex reveals that, even as sexual behavior changed during periods of upheaval, the prescriptive literature on sex has remained traditional at its core, promoting primarily sex within marriage for the purpose of reproduction."--Jacket.
Contents The late Victorians and the spermatic political economy / Henry Hanchett, John Harvey Kellogg, Henry Guernsey -- "No gods no masters": Margaret Sanger and America's sexual future / Margaret Sanger -- The 1920s and America's first sexual eruption / Joseph Collins [and others] -- Sexual eruption and then reaction: the interwar years / Theodore van de Velde -- One step forward, two steps back: sex and pleasure in the 1950s / Hannah M. Stone and Abraham Stone, Eustace Chesser -- Sexual upheaval in the 1960s: counterculture, counter-sex / David Reuben -- Joy through peak experiences in the 1970s / Alex Comfort -- Does pleasure demand the conjunction of particular body parts? Gay and lesbian sex / Charles Silverstein [and others] -- Another reaction: Dr. Ruth defends marriage / Ruth Westheimer -- On penetrative power.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585326258 (electronic bk.)
9780585326252 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 45844033
Additional Format Print version: Melody, Michael Edward. Teaching America about sex. New York : New York University Press, 1999 0814755321 (DLC) 99006300 (OCoLC)41238456

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