The World We Have Won by Jeffrey Weeks

By Jeffrey Weeks

The area now we have received is an incredible examine of variations in erotic and intimate existence considering the fact that 1945. we live in a global of transition, in the course of a protracted, unfinished yet profound revolution that has reworked the probabilities of dwelling out our sexual diversities. This e-book presents a stability sheet of the adjustments that experience remodeled our methods of being, from welfarism to the capsule, women's and homosexual liberation, from globalization, consumerism and individualization to new types of intimacy, from associates as relations to related intercourse marriage. a few reply to those demanding situations with a deep cultural pessimism or ethical conservatism. It rejects such perspectives and argues that it is a global we're more and more making for ourselves, a part of the lengthy technique of democratization of way of life. except we take hold of this we won't comprehend, not just the issues and anxieties, however the possibilities and hopes during this international we now have gained.

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It bred intense local trust but also a distrust of a wider world. There were few signs of bridging social capital that could establish perhaps weaker but culturally broadening links beyond the valleys, that could open up new possibilities and, in the terms used by Williams, new resources of hope. This was especially true for women. Men had the wider solidarities of work, trade unionism, travel to war and in search of work. Women might travel to domestic service, and gain an experience of the wider world, but their destiny remained marriage and family, usually back at home, and that remained the overwhelming reality of their lives.

But though official society was pessimistic, Mass-Observation’s Little Kinsey confirmed something rather different: evidence that men and women were trying to reorder their family and sexual lives in ways that were more satisfactory to them rather than subservient to notions of national or imperial policy. The endeavour produced varying degrees of success in the 1940s and 1950s, and had a hugely differential effect on women as compared to men, homosexuals as compared to heterosexuals. But it signalled a potential rupture in a deeply rooted culture of sexual anxiety and restraint.

Attitudes were remarkably pragmatic, which tended to horrify the pioneering birth control clinics. Many ordinary chemists in the Rhondda sold slipper elm bark, widely used as an abortifacient, for which, according to the Birkett report on abortion, there was no other legitimate use (Fisher 1999: 215). Despite the power of the chapel, there does not seem to have been any strong religious hostility to abortion (and this was at one with evidence for other parts of the UK), and very little moralism.

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