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Contraception, Sex, and Pleasure

Timothy Willem Jones

in Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199655106
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744952 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655106.003.0006
Contraception, Sex, and Pleasure

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This chapter discusses the reversal of the Church of England’s position on birth control between 1908 and 1930. It explores the formation of social policy around contraception to show how Anglican understandings of the purpose of marriage and sex shifted. It argues that the decision of the 1930 Lambeth Conference to cautiously approve of the use of birth control within marriage marks a subtle but significant recalibration of Anglican understandings of gender, power, and pleasure.

Keywords: birth control; sexuality; sacrament; Anglo-Catholicism; Lambeth Conference

Chapter.  11696 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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