Susan Pedersen: Before the Pill, 28 May 2009
Show More Birth Control, Sex and Marriage in Britain 1918-60 by Kate Fisher.
Oxford, 294 pp., £24, May 2008, 978 0 19 954460 8Show More
For Their Own Good: The Transformation of English Working-Class Health Culture, 1880-1970 by Lucinda McCrayBeier.
Ohio State, 409 pp., £64.95, October 2008, 978 0 8142 1094 9Show More
“... century, virtually halving between 1880 and 1910, for example, in the Lancashire towns studied by Lucinda Beier, yet not until later in the 20th century did the use of mechanical methods of birth control become commonplace. Historians who focus on the often heroic efforts of feminists and other radicals to spread sexual knowledge and to instruct women in ...”