6 - Rachel Waguespack November 6 2009 U.S History after...

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Rachel Waguespack, November 6, 2009 U.S. History after 1865, MW 9-10 Elaine Tyler May writes that female sexuality in the postwar era was a "destructive and disruptive force." What does she mean by this? How did Americans "contain" this sexuality in the home? Female sexuality was a “destructive and disruptive force” in many ways in the years following the war. Wartime caused a great disturbance in the realm of premarital sex and idealized the notion of sexual liberty, and this was hard to control, even to the point that many believed calls for abstinence would see no change. Instead, they chose to advocate sex education, as well as the principles of dating and courtship to establish some sort of sexual restraint. A new emphasis was also placed on marriage as a means to control sexual desires appropriately and develop emotionally along with a spouse and family. Women were encouraged to once again embrace domesticity and take pride in their roles as mothers, wives, and citizens “with a sense of national purpose”. It was also proposed that containing
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course HIS 312 taught by Professor Anderson during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas.

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6 - Rachel Waguespack November 6 2009 U.S History after...

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