By Kate Fisher
This e-book uncovers the hidden background of gender family, sexual attitudes, and contraceptive practices that followed the dramatic decline in family members measurement within the 20th century. Drawing upon shiny oral historical past debts, Kate Fisher's ground-breaking research areas males (rather than their better halves) in the back of the force for smaller households.
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BEWILDERED BY THE WEALTH OF CONDOMS, CAPS, PESSARIES, FOAMS, SPERMATICIDES AND OTHER APPLIANCE S . . SHOWERED ON THEM’: ⁴⁵ ADVICE ON BIRTH CONTROL METHODS This literature provided in-depth information about a range of contraceptive options. Abortion was rarely recommended; in fact, most contraceptive advice manuals were vehemently opposed to any attempt to control fertility after conception may have taken place. Yet such discussion drew attention to its alleged prevalence. Moreover, newspapers were full of carefully worded adverts, promising to provide relief to women with irregular menses, to restore missed periods, or to remove ‘obstinate’ ‘obstacles’ preventing menstruation:⁴⁶ Good God, penny royal, Dr Patterson’s female pills—and they used to—in the newspapers—used to give you a write up what to do if you were pregnant .
1921, BL Add. MSS 58638. ⁶⁷ On the commercialization of contraceptive devices and abortifacients in America (despite the Comstock Laws which made such trade illegal) see Tone, ‘Contraceptive Consumers’. ⁶⁸ Dilys, bc2#13. 36 The Maintenance of Ignorance family limitation were sold on market stalls, and appliances had, until recently, been openly sold by men and women who ‘stood like cheap-jacks on platforms’. ⁷² Posters, lectures, and ﬁlms such as Where Are My Children? ⁷⁴ Some such ﬁlms were remembered by oral history interviewees from Lancashire.
It is argued also that in later life many people go through a period of ‘life review’ in which early memories are remembered with renewed clarity. Thompson, ‘Oral History and the Historian’, 26; Slim and Thompson, Listening for a Change, 140; Yow, Recording Oral History, 19; Coleman, ‘Ageing and Life History’, 120–43. As one interviewee commented: ‘the sort of older you get um, you know the more you, you sort of remember’, Peggy, msf/srss/ht/#20. ⁸⁷ Bernard, msf/jm/bl/#45. ), Gender and Memory, 13.
Birth Control, Sex, and Marriage in Britain 1918-1960 by Kate Fisher