The Real Facts of Life: Feminism and the Politics of Sexuality, C1850-1940

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Taylor & Francis, 1994 - Psychology - 206 pages
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The author analyses the work of feminist theorists such as Elizabeth Blackwell, who challenged the patriarchal model of sexuality and argued that sexuality was socially constructed. She discusses the attempts by feminists to construct a feminist model of sexuality based on female sexual autonomy; and shows how the scientific 'experts' of the early twentieth century undermined this process by redefining as natural what feminists had exposed as political. This challenging book, with its radical approach to the social construction of sexuality, is a valuable contribution to feminists' thinking about sexuality today. It is essential reading for all those interested in the interrelationship of sex and power.

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Dr. Marlene M. Moretti is a Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and has published widely in the field of youth mental health, self development, and parent-adolescent attachment. She currently leads a multi-site Canadian Institutes of Health Research program examining gender, aggression, and violence. Dr. Moretti has served on the government committees and panels focused on the promotion of youth mental health. She has also consulted with Health Canada in providing recommendations to promote healthy adolescent adjustment.

Candice L. Odgers completed her Mastera (TM)s degree in Criminology at Simon Fraser University where she conducted one of the largest studies of incarcerated female youth in Canada. Candice is currently a Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia and a Senior Research Associate for a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-sponsored Gender and Aggression Network. Candice is the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Doctoral Fellowship and the Commonwealth Scholarship. She is currently expanding her research to focus on violence within high-risk populations of girls in the United States.

Dr. Margaret Jackson, Professor of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, has conducted research in three main areas: clinical criminology; women's issues, especially violence against women and children; and justice policy. She is currently the principal investigator for a major SSHRC project on marginalized girls and the Director of the Institute for Studies in Criminal Justice Policy at SFU. Dr. Jackson has previously undertaken specific research on child abuse in the Vancouver area, in terms of its prevalence, the problems with itsassessment and its impact on young marginalized girls' lives.

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