Chaste Liberation: Celibacy and Female Cultural Status

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University of Illinois Press, 1989 - History - 225 pages
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An innovative discussion of the symbolism of sexuality and gender. Focusing on the issue of celibacy, Kitch (women's studies, Wichita State U.) explores the cultures of three post-Civil War utopian communities and their relation to female status in American society. No bibliography. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

The American Way
23
Through the Celibate Lens
48
Communal Visions
74
Sexual Equality and Female
125
Female Celibacy and the Power of Spiritual Perception
168
Conclusion
186
Index
217
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About the author (1989)

Sally L. Kitch is Clas Humanities Professor of women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Her books include Higher Ground: From Utopianism to Realism in American Feminist Thought and Theory.

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