‘Modesty is the sister of virtue’: moral prevention work with girls

Leanne McCormick

in Regulating Sexuality

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719076640
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702666 | DOI:
‘Modesty is the sister of virtue’: moral prevention work with girls

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This chapter analyses the organisations and discourses in Northern Ireland concerning the preservation of female moral standards, suggesting that the links between national identity and female sexual morality illustrate the importance of preserving female purity and female behaviour as a means of strengthening unity and identity. It considers the work of several organisations including the Girl Guides, Girls' Friendly Society and Girls' Auxiliary in the wider social and political context of moral and preventative work.

Keywords: moral standards; female; sexual morality; national identity; Northern Ireland; female purity; female behaviour; Girl Guides; Girls' Friendly Society; Girls' Auxiliary

Chapter.  13670 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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