Sexual Ethics: A Study of Borderland Questions / Edition 1

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In his treatment of the issues raised by the movements of women for equal rights a century ago, Michels anticipated controversies and conflicts about which people care deeply today. He took a clear position in support of the desirability of equality between the sexes. In consequence, it remains relevant to current debates within feminism over equality and difference and the corresponding challenge to, and feminist critique of, social science arising from the (re) emergence of "difference" feminism.

Sexual Ethics constitutes both an analysis of the "woman problem" and a document describing the wars between the sexes during this period and an important and overlooked piece of history of the classic sociological tradition. Michels observed that the national and economic conflicts in modern Europe were vast in scale and revealed sharply sensed injustices, and also that sex antagonisms are becoming more acute. He presented an argument, consistent with his theoretical position, about the seriousness of women's rights. Michels' discussions of sexuality, sexual morality, and the relations of the sexes had as its stimulus "the new sexual ethic" advocated by feminists. He pointed out that true equality required equality of rights to sexual liberty for women or chastity prior to marriage for men.

Michels supported premarital chastity for men as an ideal, but he doubted that very many would practice it. Michels was virtually alone in the sociological tradition in seeking to illuminate the "struggle for love" between men and women by reference to the "erotic coquetry" in the sexual behavior of "lower animals." Despite his stand for equality of men and women in sexual matters, a recurrent theme in Sexual Ethics is that men are sexually more aggressive than women, at least in part due to social structures and cultural traditions. Michels advocated family planning (but opposed abortion) in the interests of marital and family happiness and economic well-being, especially for the poor.

In his new introduction, Terry R. Kandal discusses Robert Michels' life. He explores, among other topics, Michels' treatment of the woman question and the reactions of Michels' contemporaries to the same question. He also discusses the feminist critique of social science, and the place of Michels in and the gender questions of our times. The book will be of particular interest to those interested in the history of relations between men and women as well as those interested in questions of biological determinism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765807434
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/26/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Michels (1876-1936) was considered a founder of political sociology. He was the author of a variety of books including German Social Democracy as an International Association and Proletariat and Bourgeoisie. He wrote regularly for The Archives of Social Science in Germany.

Terry R. Kandal is a professor of sociology at California State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface to English Edition
Preliminary Observations 1
Sexual Education 15
Pt. I General Borderland Problems of the Erotic Life
Ch. I Hunger and Love 26
Ch. II Nature and Limits of Modesty 42
Pt. II Borderland Problems of the Extra-Conjugal Erotic Life
Ch. I Comparative Sexual Psychology in Various Countries 63
Ch. II Intermediate Stages of Sexual Morality in Woman 90
Ch. III The Prostitute as the "Old Maid" of the Proletariat 102
Pt. III Pre-Conjugal Borderland Problems
Ch. I Dualism of Woman in Primary Sexual Love 120
Ch. II Value and Limits of Chastity 134
Ch. III Borderland Problems of Betrothal 177
Pt. IV Borderland Problems of the Conjugal Sexual Life
Ch. I Outward Manifestations of the Subjection of Woman in Marriage 194
Ch. II The Physical Basis of Love - The Monogamous Taming of Polygamous Tendencies 212
Ch. III Conjugal Procreation: Its Rights and its Duties 232
Ch. IV Certain Shoals in the Waters of Married Life - Intellectual Cultivation in Woman and its Limits 265
Appendix to Chapter II., Part III 283
Index 289
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