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Sex and the Married Girl - Heterosexual Marriage and the Body in Postwar Canada

English · Hardback

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"Sex--who was having it, who shouldn't have it, and who was supposed to be having it but wasn't--was a major concern to social authorities in the immediate postwar era. Though they are often remembered with nostalgia as a sexually simpler time, the 1950s and early 1960s were incredibly sexually productive years. Sex and the Married Girl examines how two interrelated and dominant groups in Canada--medical professionals and church leaders--used married heterosexual female sexuality as a lever to rebuild the Canadian family and the state itself. Using embodied historical methodologies, the book examines not only discourses around sex but also how those discourses could influence the actual experience of sex for married women. Heather Stanley draws upon extensive oral life histories of women who lived, married, and had sex during this liminal social period to demonstrate that this was a time of simultaneous sexual and gender quiescence and change."--


This book examines how embodied, heterosexual, married sexual experiences were constructed for, and by, Canadian women in the postwar era.

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Authors Heather Stanley
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 31.01.2023
EAN 9781487501198
ISBN 978-1-4875-0119-8
No. of pages 240
Series Studies in Gender and History
Subjects Non-fiction book > History > Miscellaneous
Social sciences, law, business > Sociology > Sociological theories

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