Chaste Liberation: Celibacy and Female Cultural Status

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University of Illinois Press, 1989 - History - 225 pages
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Sex is not a simple concept. Focusing on the issue of celibacy, the author explores the cultures of three post-Civil War utopian communities and their relation to female status in American society. From her examination of the Shakers, Koreshans, and Sanctificationists, the author concludes that the adoption of celibacy promoted theoretical sexual equality and female social power in those religious groups. -- Bookjacket.
 

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Contents

The American Way
23
Through the Celibate Lens
48
Communal Visions
74
Sexual Equality and Female
125
Female Celibacy and the Power of Spiritual Perception
168
Conclusion
186
Index
217
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