Female Adolescent Sexuality in the United States, 1850–1965, (PDF) examines the historical past of feminine adolescent sexuality in the US from the center of the nineteenth century till the starting of the Nineteen Sixties. The ebook evaluates each grownup perceptions of feminine adolescent sexuality and the experiences of feminine adolescents themselves. It explores what women knew (or thought they knew) about intercourse at completely different factors in time, women’ concepts about love and romance, women’ sexual experiences, feminine adolescent magnificence tradition, and the influence of widespread tradition on feminine adolescent sexuality. It additionally research the methods in which adults reacted to feminine adolescent sexuality and the efforts of adults to both encourage or management women’ curiosity in sexual subjects, women’ participation in magnificence tradition, courting, and their schooling on sexual subjects. The ebook describes a trajectory alongside which feminine adolescents went from being perceived as innately harmless and basically asexual to being thought-about (and feared) as primarily sexual in nature.
“In this complete synthesis of adolescent women’ sexuality in the US, Ann Kordas is particularly adept at together with experiences of ladies of coloration into an overarching narrative. Drawing on examples from widespread tradition and likewise women’ personal actions and writings, it is a should-learn for historians of sexuality and girlhood.” — Nicholas L. Syrett, creator of American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States
“In this partaking research, Ann Kordas skillfully traces the methods in which meanings and experiences of feminine adolescent sexuality took form in affiliation to bigger currents of financial, social, and cultural change from the center of the nineteenth century to the early Nineteen Sixties. Kordas establishes that there was no scarcity of knowledgeable recommendation, parental nervousness, , and cultural fascination relating to women’ sexual habits throughout this 100-12 months interval. She additionally listens attentively to the wealthy and assorted voices of ladies themselves, offering contemporary perception into what women from numerous backgrounds thought, desired, felt, and skilled when navigating a romantic and sexual terrain marked by ever-shifting measures of enjoyment and hazard, constraint and chance.” — Crista DeLuzio, Southern Methodist University
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