Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 / Edition 1

Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 / Edition 1

by Atina Grossmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195121244

ISBN-13: 9780195121247

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Reforming Sex reconstructs the complicated history of a movement that has been romanticized as the harbinger of 1960s sexual radicalism and demonized as a precursor to Nazi racial policy, but mostly buried and obscured by Nazi bookburnings and repression. Relying on a broad range of sources -- from police reports, films and personal interviews to sex manuals unearthed…  See more details below

Overview

Reforming Sex reconstructs the complicated history of a movement that has been romanticized as the harbinger of 1960s sexual radicalism and demonized as a precursor to Nazi racial policy, but mostly buried and obscured by Nazi bookburnings and repression. Relying on a broad range of sources -- from police reports, films and personal interviews to sex manuals unearthed from library basements and secondhand bookstores -- the book analyzes a remarkable mass mobilization during the turbulent and innovative Weimar years of doctors and laypeople for women's right to abortion and public access to birth control and sex education. The book also follows Weimar sex reformers into the Third Reich, to exile around the world, and into both the Eastern and Western zones of postwar Germany, demonstrating not only how deeply rooted eugenics ideology and American and Bolshevik models of modernity were in the Weimar movement, but also the drastic rupture between sex reform notions of social health and National Socialist population policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121247
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1Introduction: New Women and Families in the New Germany3
2"Prevent: Don't Abort": The Medicalization and Politicization of Sexuality14
3Birth Control, Marriage, and Sex Counseling Clinics: The Administration of Sex Reform46
4"Your Body Belongs to You": Abortion and the 1931 Campaign Against Paragraph 21878
5Forbidden Love: Sex Reform and the Crisis of the Republic, 1931 to 1933107
6Continuity and Discontinuity: Gleichschaltung and the Destruction of the Sex Reform Movement136
7Weimar Sex Reform in Exile166
8No Zero Hour: Abortion and Birth Control in Postwar Germany189
Epilogue213
Notes217
Index287

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