Sexual Modernism and Marriage Crisis in the 1920s

Nonmarital sex was out in the open in American mainstream culture as never before. The advent of birth control made this a new era.

Lecture Description

This lecture reviews the possibilities, paradoxes, and anxieties of the “first sexual revolution” (in the 1920s) with reference to the pressure placed on the institution of marriage by rising divorce, the availability of contraception, and women’s growing potential for independence.


Gender, Masculinity, Femininity Sexuality

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