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Effectiveness with proper control the husband could

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effectiveness - with proper control, the husband could achieve orgasm without ejaculation of semen, thus reabsorbing the semen into the system and conserving male vitality - women sometimes used vaginal injections of carbolic acid to prevent conception and avoid venereal contagion - women who were less knowledgeable employed handkerchiefs to cleanse the vagina after intercourse
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Week 4 - it was believed that the passionless submission of the female in the marital act would render the act less fertile women thus concluded that by remaining passive to their husband’s embraces, they might avoid pregnancy - the Catholic church was united in its condemnation of contraception doctors felt that contraception information would only encourage prostitution, fewer marriages, and more disease among women they preferred to preach abstinence - women authors of purity manuals were even more vocally opposed to birth-control practices felt that artificial birth control would destroy the sanctity of the home circle by bringing into it the tools of the street prostitute - the chief obstacle to mankind’s evolutionary ascent was sexual intercourse as a means of pleasure - Finck believed that only those educated men and women in the upper strata of society could attain the qualities of romantic love - there was a loss of dignity to both husband and wife if either thought of the other as a “sexual being” - the new ethical family was founded on the principles of love, intelligence, and duty, and would perpetuate only those traits which it considered of “superior social value”: sexual intercourse should b e had at long intervals and during a limited portion of adult life any non-procreative sexual union was contrary to nature’s laws - married couples who had chosen strict continence secured not only greater strength and better health, but greater happiness also - coition during pregnancy could lead to epilepsy (she should think only pure thoughts)
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Week 5 Key Concepts 1. definition of pornography materials consciously designed to be sexually arousing all pornography is in the eye of the cultural beholder, since there are no universal sexual symbols 2. the role of social class in the construction of Victorian sexuality sexuality is “low”, so visual and written descriptions of it are low, bad, dirty, and exciting o the lower classes were like the body: gross, impure, and sexual in the 12 th century, early “jest books” were associated with “vulgar love” about serf and burgher women in the late 19 th century, the upper classes, and especially bourgeois women, were associated with the soul: pure, spiritual, and asexual 3. Index Librorum Prohibitorum an annotated bibliography of pornography a list of publications prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church pseudonymous author “Pisanus Fraxi” Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834) London businessman o saw himself as a scholar; accurate and precise descriptions 4. My Secret Life
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