Sexual attitudes and behaviour have changed radically in Britain between the Victorian era and the twenty-first century. However, Lesley A. Hall reveals how slow and halting the processes of change have been, and how many continuities have persisted under a facade of modernity.
Thoroughly revised, updated and expanded, the second edition of this established text:
* explores a wide range of relevant topics including marriage, homosexuality, commercial sex, media representations, censorship, sexually transmitted diseases and sex education
* features an entirely new last chapter which brings the narrative right up to the present day
* provides fresh insights by bringing together further original research and recent scholarship in the area.
Lively and authoritative, this is an essential volume for anyone studying the history of sexual culture in Britain during a period of rapid social change.
LESLEY A. HALL is Senior Assistant Archivist at the Wellcome Library, London, UK, and Honorary Lecturer in History of Medicine at University College London, UK. She has published extensively on issues of gender and sexuality.
Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- The Victorian Background.- Social Purity and Evolving Sex in the 1880s.- Scientific Sex, Unspeakable Oscar and Insurgent Women in the 'Naughty Nineties'.- Degenerating Nation? Anxieties and Protests in a New Century.- Divorce, Disease and War.- Roars of Rebellion, Roars of Reaction: The Ambivalence of the Twenties.- Population Fears and Progressive Agendas During the Thirties.- War and the Welfare State.- Domestic Ideology and Undercurrents of Change in the Fifties.- Swinging? For Whom? The Sixties and Seventies.- Approaching the Millennium.- Into the New Millennium: Changes and Continuities.- Coda: Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain: What Next for the Historian?.- Notes.- Recommended Further Reading.- Index.