Blue cover: Reads The Sexuality Debates - Edited by Sheila Jeffreys

The Sexuality Debates

Sheila Jeffreys – 1987

First published in 1987. From the 1870's to the 1920's, feminists actively campaigned against men's sexual abuse of women. This collection brings together the major articles which fuelled the feminist campaigns and helped to bring about significant reforms.

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A red, green and orange book cover. The spinster and her enemies. Feminism and Sexuality 1880-1930

The Spinster and Her Enemies

Sheila Jeffreys – 1985

Sheila Jeffreys examines the activities of feminist campaigners around such issues as child abuse and prostitution and how these campaigns shaped social purity in the 1880s and 1890s. She demonstrates how the thriving and militant feminism of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was undermined, and asserts that the decline of this feminism was due largely to the promotion of a sexual ideology which was hostile to women’s independence. The circumstances about which she writes are frighteningly familiar in the present political climate.

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The Sexuality Papers

Lal Coveney, Margaret Jackson, Sheila Jeffreys, Leslie Kay, and Pat Mahony – 1984

Male Sexuality and the Social Control of Women, 1st Edition

Originally published in 1984. The history of sex in the last 100 years has usually been written as a story of progress from repression to sexual liberation. This book argues that the reverse is true, demonstrating that the ‘sexual revolution’ came as a backlash to a women’s movement which challenged men’s sexual abuse and tried to reconstruct male sexuality in women’s interest. At first it looks at those groups at the turn of the twentieth century who campaigned to challenge prevailing ideas about sexual behaviour. It moves on to review the work of the most influential sexologists Ellis, Kinsey, Masters and Johnson, and then presents a critical analysis of the sex magazine Forum.

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