Sexual Progressives: Reimagining Intimacy in Scotland, 1880-1914 - Gender in History (Hardback)
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Sexual Progressives: Reimagining Intimacy in Scotland, 1880-1914 - Gender in History (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages
Published: 05/03/2020
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Sexual Progressives is a major new study of the feminists and socialists who campaigned against the moral conservatism of the Victorian period. Drawing on a range of sources, from letters and diaries to radical newspapers and utopian novels, it provides the first group portrait of Scotland's hitherto neglected sexual rebels. They include Bella and Charles Pearce, prominent Glasgow socialists and disciples of an American-based mystic who taught that religion needed 're-sexed'; Jane Hume Clapperton, a feminist freethinker with advanced views on birth-control and women's right to sexual pleasure; and Patrick Geddes, founder of an avant-garde Edinburgh subculture and co-author of an influential scientific book on sex. A consideration of their lives and work forces a reappraisal of our understanding of British sexual progressivism during this period and will therefore be of interest to all historians of modern gender and sexuality.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526125255
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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'Her book is beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and elegantly argued. Cheadle brings to life a cast of Scottish progressives-Bella Pearce, Charles Pearce, Anna Geddes, Patrick Geddes, and Jane Hume Clapperton-and the networks and discourse they created.'
Mary Linehan, Journal of British Studies

'Sexual Progressives is beautifully constructed, offering a distinct and original Scottish dimension to a history of ideas and attitudes to progressive sex that has largely centered on Bohemian spaces in major cities.'
Kate Barclay, VICTORIAN STUDIES / VOLUME 64, NO. 1

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