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August 26, 2010 PERSPECTIVES ON RACE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY Sexuality in US History o Shifting meanings of sexuality, reshaping our understanding of sexuality by social, economical, and political institutions o Historical association with reproduction o Shift from reproduction to passion and marital status o Present day regulation and monitoring Colonial Period o Organization of sexuality within families o High rates of reproduction due to scarcity of laborers o White women bore average of 8 children o Regulation of reproduction by church and state o Prosecution of those who committed fornication, rape, sodomy, adultery, or miscegenation (different ethnicities reproducing) 19 th Century o Growing market economy o Children as economic liabilities o White marital fertility rates drop by 50%, blacks paralleled drop 1 to 2 generations later o Many couples used contraception or abortion when necessary 19 TH White Middle Class o Women: morally pure, domestic woman maintained family virtue and states
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