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:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the ways in which female sexuality was regulated in Northern Ireland in the twentieth century. Female sexuality in Northern Ireland during the twentieth century was regulated in a variety of formal and informal ways. The techniques employed and the attitudes towards female sexuality were not only driven by gender and class, but influenced by the wider political, social and religious situation. The chapter suggests that Northern Irish society was not as morally upstanding as the rhetoric suggested because, despite the availability of a wider variety of jobs than simply domestic work, women still entered prostitution. It highlights the role of rescue homes and Magdalen homes as refuges for women, and argues against the belief that women were responsible for the spread of venereal disease.

Keywords: female sexuality; Northern Ireland; prostitution; rescue homes; Magdalen homes; venereal disease

Chapter.  2350 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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