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The Invention of the Frigid Woman 02192020 reason stricken sheila jeffreys is a terf 02192020 reason stricken sheila jeffreys is a terf I Love the Word SpinsterSheila Jeffreys is, I m led to understand, a polarizing figure in modern debates on feminism and gender issues So I d meant to read her, and a book with spinster in the title sealed the deal.This book is essentially a history of how spinsters were viewed from 1880 to 1930 in England and consequently most of the western world In a nutshell, the number of spinsters grew in the late Victorian era, and crusaded for women s rights A large part of this struggle was related I Love the Word SpinsterSheila Jeffreys is, I m led to understand, a polarizing figure in modern debates on feminism and gender issues So I d meant to read her, and a book with spinster in the title sealed the deal.This book is essentially a history of how spinsters were viewed from 1880 to 1930 in England and consequently most of the western world In a nutshell, the number of spinsters grew in the late Victorian era, and crusaded for women s rights A large part of this struggle was related to protecting women and girls from sexual exploitation Although Jeffreys doesn t go into this much, the spinster suffragettes sowed many of the seeds of their own destruction in their harsh treatment of heterosexual sex The backlash against this was the sexual revolution of the 1920s, which was a movement to convince women that boinking men was the only natural course of action to take, that sexually submitting themselves to men was the only true freedom, and that they d otherwise end up dangerously frigid and neurotic.Whether or not one agrees with the author s conclusions, it s clear that she knows her sh t Personally, I like reading a well researched history like this because it makes mecritical of what I read hear see today I feel I much better understand radical feminism s STFU stance on a lot of modern sexuality issues genius genius genius Excellent book, and vital to the understanding of the history of feminism It aged extremely well and is arguablypertinent now than at the time when it was written if you need anyproof that history repeats itself, read this book. |Read ♾ The Spinster and Her Enemies: Feminism and Sexuality 1880-1930 ☣ Sheila Jeffreys examines the activities of feminist campaigners around such issues as child abuse and prostitution and how these campaigns shaped social purity in the s and s She demonstrates how the thriving and militant feminism of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was undermined, and asserts that the decline of this feminism was due largely to the promotion of a sexual ideology which was hostile to women s independence The circumstances about which she writes are frighteningly familiar in the present political climate